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Nasal Narcan Will Help Chelmsford Police Save Overdose Victims

The Lowell Sun reported that all Chelmsford Police Department officers will be equipped with nasal Narcan.

Police will be equipped with nasal Narcan. (File Photo)
Police will be equipped with nasal Narcan. (File Photo)
Drug overdoses are happening at an alarming rate around the state and country. Chelmsford police officers will now have a tool that will help them combat deaths caused by opiate abuse.

The Chelmsford Police Department announced recently that every police car will be equipped with Narcan, a chemical that combats the opiates in the body of patients who are suffering from a drug overdose.

When the Narcan is given to a patient nasally, it gives first responders a greater chance of helping save the person's life after an overdose.

According to the Lowell Sun, acquiring Narcan is going to be a critical step as Chelmsford attempts to battle heroin use and abuse.

"It isn't enough to simply arrest people," Chief James Murphy said, according to the newspaper. "This is a public health emergency, and now we have a tool that will prevent the loss of life."

Click here to read the Lowell Sun report in its entirety.
Iron Mike April 23, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Save them for what? Their next overdose?
Rob C April 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Ever hear of natural selection? If they want out, let them out. Why save a life that doesn’t deserve or want it only to end up spending thoursands of tax payers dollars on them to "help them get better" which never seems to work. If you are going to do drugs, stick with pot, non adictive, natural and helps get you in a better mood.
Prometheus April 23, 2014 at 01:42 PM
I understand your positions...however...in this instance...I disagree. A first responders only concern should be life and not a persons plight. I personally only want them concerned with helping....making judgements are for others...and another time.
Jeff Morales April 23, 2014 at 09:51 PM
We need to get these junkies out of town. Don't support businesses that support drug addicts and dealers. Know who you do business with, know who you work for and know who you hire

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