Bath police officers trained and equipped to handle heroin overdoses

Bath police officers trained and equipped to handle heroin overdoses
Naloxone (Source: Bath Twp. Police)

BATH, OH (WOIO) - Police officers have been trained by the Summit County Health Department and are now equipped with Naloxone.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug like heroin or prescription medications.

When given during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.

Just last week, national drug store retailer, CVS announced it would carry the antidote. The drug is administered as an inhaler or with an injection and can reverse the breath suppression effects of opioids.

Ohio Department of Public Safety records show that naloxone was administered nearly 13,000 times around the state last year.

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