Lackawanna Fire Department first responders in April revived five victims of heroin overdoses through the administering of basic lifesaving techniques, and the use of naloxone (Narcan), reported James T. Kuna, director of public safety.
In March, firefighters participated in a training program administered by the Erie County Health Department in the administration of Narcan using a mucosal atomizer for persons experiencing overdoses, said Kuna. The atomizer offers rapid absorption across mucosal membranes to the blood stream into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid.
This implementation and training was initiated in response to the recent instances of opioid overdose cases throughout the city.
“I would like to commend the members of the Lackawanna Fire Department for their participation in this training and for their dedication in the saving of lives and serving the citizens of our community,” Kuna said. “Although our first responders are here to serve the citizens of our city, the best prevention for opioid overdose is to refrain from using illicit drugs and to seek professional help and treatment with respect to drug addiction.”
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