Narcan is an antidote that can stop a heroin overdose.
Up until the governor declared an opioid emergency in March, state regulations kept most Massachusetts police and fire from administering the drug. The emergency declaration and a successful Narcan program in Quincy, Mass., lifted that red tape and trainings are underway.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan oversees Hampshire and Franklin counties. He says there should be be no reason why a pubic safety department shouldn’t have Narcan as a tool.
“They have defibrillators or even a diabetic with an epipen,” Sullivan says. “This is just another thing to help somebody in need.”
Sullivan’s office will help pay for Narcan using drug forfeiture money — money seized from drug dealers. A training is scheduled for early June.
The timing, Sullivan says, is critical. This past weekend, there were three more deaths from suspected heroin overdoses in western Massachusetts.
In Connecticut Police and fire don’t carry Narcan. A spokesman for Hartford Police says its a long way off before they do.