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Fire Department to carry heroin antidote

City firefighters will begin carrying an antidote that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, Mayor Byron W. Brown said today.

A date for firefighters to begin carrying Narcan hasn’t been determined, but Brown said plans are underway to train firefighters and have them carry it.

In Brown’s State of the City address in February, he announced that city police officers would carry the drug, which can be administered through a nasal spray.

Since then, firefighters said they too would like to carry it, and the Common Council has adopted a resolution supporting firefighters’ use of the drug, which is effective in reversing overdoses from other types of opiates as well.

On Tuesday, family members of people who died following addiction to painkillers pleaded with Council members to urge the Fire Department to begin carrying the antidote.