Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has instituted a new life-saving program within the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the county to receive Narcan training. Each sworn member of the department is receiving training in administering Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, by Thomas Lannon and Robert Cuomo, certified instructors from the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.
Narcan is a special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic substances to include heroin. It is often used to treat drug overdose or diagnostic narcotic drug addiction. Previously, Narcan was only allowed to be used by paramedics or physicians because it is a prescription drug. However, now emergency first responders can be trained to carry and administer the drug to combat the epidemic of opiate-related deaths in our area.
Narcan nasal atomizers have the amazing ability to reverse heroin effects within seconds, returning an overdose victim to alertness, immediate sobriety, normal heart rates, and normal breathing as if there was nothing wrong with the individual. Narcan has reportedly been used as an antidote in emergency situations helping to immediately counteract potentially fatal health emergencies such as stroke or heart attacks as well.
“Many times the window of effectively using Narcan may only be a few minutes. Since law enforcement’s primary existence is to protect and save lives, common sense dictates that our deputies, investigators and corrections officers are trained and equipped with Narcan,” said Sheriff Smith. “Patrol deputies and emergency medical service providers are often the first to render first aid to overdose victims. Once the training is completed, each deputy will be able to administer this life-saving drug to those in need – which is crucial in saving lives,” he concluded.