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Fifth Precinct Gets Life-Saving Narcan Program

Local police will receive training to help save potentially fatal overdose victims.

The Suffolk County Police Department is expanding its New York State Health program involving the use of intranasal Narcan, a drug used to revive victims who have fallen into an opiate overdose.

The program will now be introduced to the 5th Precinct in Patchogue, which serves the areas of Blue Point through West Sayville.  As it stands, only a certified EMT can administer the prescription drug on site. This program has certified more than 800 members of the Suffolk Police force.

With the pilot program already active in the 4th, 6th and 7th precincts, authorities say the training has already saved lives. According to a release, there have been 35 successful administrations of Narcan since July of 2012.

kristi maurio January 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM
This is wonderful news people may not want to believe that nice towns have drug problems but nothing is further from the truth there are no social boundries when it comes to drug use and if one life is saved the program has done its job !!!
heroin_overdose February 05, 2013 at 08:06 PM
i am happy that suffolk is on board getting trained to use narcan, i am also a trained opiate overdose responder and carry a narcan kit with me at all times, i work with IV drug users in NYC and commute from suffolk to the bronx daily, we train common everyday people to use and carry narcan mostly IV Drug users themselves,my personal amount of times i used narcan to reverse an overdose is 23 over the last 7 years.these programs need to be expanded to those in areas that deal with those who use opiates, not just first responders, Narcan is VERY safe to use and even easier to train and equip those interested, if suffolk can get its police and EMTs trained it could and should train volunteers like it is in NYC!

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