BUCKS COUNTY, PA (CBS) — As governments large and small work to contain the opioid epidemic, emergency medical technicians and first responders are on the front lines.
Andrea Martin is an EMT with the Bucks County Public Training Center for EMS and Fire.READ MORE: Pennsauken High School Hosts Saturday Football After Game Moved Due To Several Fights Last Friday
“Bucks County ranks number one in the nation for the opioid epidemic. We have, not just kids, anywhere from young kids all the way up to older adults who are all involved in this crisis,” Martin said.READ MORE: Camden County Unveils Statue Of Boxing Legend Arnold 'Jersey Joe Walcott' Cream
She says narcan is effective in bringing back opioid overdose victims. You use a syringe and, Martin adds, it’s not always easy.
“There’s a certain way nice and slow, you have to administer half in one nostril and half in the other. And if you do it too fast, you can actually take their high away and they can come up swinging and they are very combative, sometimes,” Martin explained.MORE NEWS: Inaugural Penn Relays 5K Fills Gap Left By Pandemic Delay
Martin hopes that lay people who are getting narcan from local pharmacies or police departments will get more training, or at least information, about what can happen when reviving OD victims, so they can be prepared.