RAYMOND, NH (June 29th, 2016): Raymond Police Officers gathered Monday for training in the use of Narcan – a proven life saving drug. Staff from the New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Medical Services provided instruction and hands on training to the officers. With no let up in sight of the heroin – fentanyl epidemic and overdose deaths continuing to rise, Raymond officers will soon be carrying this life saving drug.
Narcan, generically known as Naloxone, is an opiate antidote capable of blocking the effects of opioids and reversing the effect of an overdose in many cases. Opioids, which include heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain pill like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and others, slow the users breathing and vitals to the point in some cases where breathing stops.
So far in 2016 Raymond Police offers have responded to an increased number of overdoses where Raymond EMS has administered Narcan. Officers also investigated three deaths resulting from overdoses. Soon officers will also be equipped and ready assist EMS in the administering Narcan. During the evenings and overnights officers are the first on scene during overdose calls and will be equipped and trained to administer this potentially life saving drug.
Pictured below officers receive skills training in the administration of Narcan, CPR / AED and First Aid.