HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just days after training to use a powerful drug that can reverse a opioid overdose, a Hamburg police officer was put to the test.
Hamburg Police Training Officer Scott Fraser said, “Our officer John Miller was called to a person slumped over a wheel of a car when he got there he ascertained it was likely a drug overdose and he administered the Narcan.”
Police officers and firefighters in both the town and village of Hamburg are part of a growing effort to train first responders to use Naloxone, also known as Narcan.
Hamburg Emergency Manager Sean Crotty said, “I’ve been a paramedic for several years and we’ve used the drug as a paramedic in the streets. A lot of times, first responders have to sit and wait until a paramedic gets there to administer this.”
The drug can now be delivered through a nasal spray, making it easier and faster to deliver the life-saving drug.
Dr. Brian Clementy, the Hamburg Fire Medical Director, said, “When you have someone who has a severe opioid overdose their responsiveness goes down they stop breathing correctly and then it’s potentially only a matter of time until they go into cardiac arrest.”
Dr. Clementy said the timing couldn’t be better, with heroin overdoses on the rise.
He explained, “Most people have no idea what they’re putting in their bodies these days it can be last with many drugs which can affect the potency of the drug.”
Buffalo Police and fire already use the drug. New York State Police have also been trained.