Buffalo firefighters to carry lifesaving drug

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Fire Department field personnel will now carry the lifesaving drug Narcan.

The prescription drug is used to reverse the the effects of a heroin overdose. Narcan can also reverse the effects of overdoses of other opiates as well.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said, “Within three to five minutes, was able to communicate effectively with them, admitted his use of heroin and was transported to the hospital, so yes, it was used for the first time last night, very successfully.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced details Tuesday, saying first responders recently completed the required training in administering the drug. Buffalo Police started carrying the drug a few months ago.

Buffalo and Erie County report 29 heroin overdose deaths in 2013. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Narcan reversed more than 10,000 drug overdoses between 1996 and 2010.

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