A law aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania takes effect today. Police statewide can now administer an antidote to heroin and painkillers.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration says a prescription drug that can reduce fatalities from heroin overdoses is about to become more widely available in Pennsylvania to police and the public.
“We have 400 patrol vehicles,” said Delco DA Jack Whelan. “Each will have one of these kits in their glove compartment.”
Burlington County will host an anti-drug summit this week in Westampton, which is open to the general public.
As Camden County officials tout the success of having their officers carry Narcan to treat apparent overdose victims, officials in Pennsylvania say Harrisburg’s delay is costing lives in that state.
Authorities say the kitten was choked with a rope, was bleeding, and was given heroin.
Some police officers in New Jersey are now permitted to administer a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.
The Bethel Township police department wants officers to be able to administer a drug that can help prevent drug overdose deaths.
Gov. Chris Christie has signed a waiver allowing first responders to carry and administer medication to treat drug overdose patients in emergency situations.
It’s clinical name is fentanyl. About 50-100 more potent than morphine, it’s prescribed for patients with cancer-related pain.
District attorney jack Whelan and the Delaware County Council want officers in their jurisdiction to be able to carry naloxone, also known as Narcan, a drug which can reverse a heroin, oxycontin, or other opiate overdose.
Officials hope it will help battle an epidemic of drug overdoses and deaths.