BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Heroin related deaths are on the rise in Western New York, as the city has seen a significant increase in drug overdoses this year.
Buffalo Police Officers will now carry an overdose blocker medication called Narcan, which is life-saving to anyone who has overdosed on an opioid drug.
“The month of February was the highest amount of overdoses we have seen since I reviewed them for the last three years,” said Robert Orlowski, a paramedic at Rural Metro Medical Services.
The simple procedure is most commonly injected through a needle or IV, but more recently first responders are being trained on using a nasal atomizer.
“It gets into your body right away” said Orlowski. “It’s a little bit slower than the IV, but just as effective.”
The preventative medication is fast-acting and will only work on those who have overdosed on opioid drugs.
“Within a couple of seconds, you should see a reversal of the patients problem,” Orlowski told Eyewitness News. “If you give it to someone who does not have a true opioid overdose, it will not affect them at all.”
The city chose to have police officers carry this frug because they’re often first on the scene.