Cops in One NJ County Began Carrying Naloxone. Guess What? They Saved Six Lives in Month One.
In the fiendishly complicated field of addiction, when we know for sure that something works, we should seize on it: Naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, saves lives. Rapidly changing laws and attitudes are now allowing its increased distribution across the US, and a local report today illustrates its effectiveness in microcosm.
Police officers in Ocean County, New Jersey, began carrying nasal spray kits earlier this month. Since then, they’ve saved six lives that would otherwise have been lost to overdose. Here’s one of those stories, as reported by Philly.com:
On Wednesday, authorities said Patrolman Jason Malley of the Berkeley Township police responded to a report of a drug overdose in Bayville at about 4:45 p.m. and found a 27-year-old man who was not breathing and unresponsive. Malley and Patrolman John Mulvihill administered Narcan—the brand name for the naloxone nasal spray—and the man was revived in about five minutes, authorities said. He is recovering.
That was the second overdose incident that police responded to that day in Ocean County—following three OD rescues the day before.
Naloxone is easy to administer and isn’t dangerous, even if given to somebody who isn’t overdosing. In a recent Substance.com report about cops who carry naloxone, we were told that this is a vitally important role for law enforcement in particular. Why? “Police usually get there before ambulances—75% or more of the time,” said Officer Peter Buck, a specialized drug recognition officer from Athol, Mass. “We’re out and mobile. It’s a far greater potential that we’ll get there first.”
You Might Also Like
A report from the Open Society Foundations shows how collaborations among police officers, health experts and community groups can be key to long-term HIV prevention.... Read More
A new study into the global economic impact of different social problems makes fascinating reading.... Read More
It's America's biggest addiction-related problem. But you can protect yourself by using these practical safeguards and psychological principles.... Read More
Much media coverage depicts an epidemic of addiction among over-65s. The evidence shows that this picture is a false one.... Read More
An Australian campaign tries to scare women into quitting smoking by showing it will damage their looks.... Read More