Deputies Carrying New Weapon to Help Overdose Victims
2/14/2014 (Updated 8:20:52 PM)The Broome County Sheriff's Office has a new weapon in handling drug overdoses.
It's the drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan. Deputies will carry two doses of the drug with them, and spray it into the nasal cavities of those who are in a medical crisis because of overdoses of heroin and other opiates.
Narcan immediately reverses the effects of respiratory failure, and other drug-induced situations.
"That's really the beauty of Naloxone or Narcan. It only does that one thing. It has no other effect. It reverses the effect of overdose. So if a patient is unconscious for some other reason it will have no effect," said Dr. Chistopher Ryan of the Broome County Health Department.
The Narcon kits are bought through narcotic seisure money, which are profits taken from drug dealers.
According to the sheriff's office the number of deaths caused by heroin overdoses has double from 2012 to 2013 and there are already 10 deaths this year.
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