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Police soon carry narcan kits to reverse opioid overdoses



SAN BRUNO (BCN)

The San Bruno Police will soon be using naloxone hydrochloride, also called Narcan, to treat overdoses of opioids.

Narcan kits will be issued to all sworn officers in the department in the coming weeks until the training is completed, reports the San Bruno Police Department.

The use of the equipment by police officers is to serve as a "critical bridge" of concern until paramedics arrive to begin treatment, Lt. Troy Fry said.

Narcan works by reversing the opioid depression of the central nervous system and the respiratory system.

It can be administered intravenously or injected into muscle. It can also be used as a nasal spray.

The use of Narcan by police officers has become more widespread as opioid dependence becomes more common. In the year 201

7, California reported over 1,883 opioid overdose deaths, according to the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard website.

San Mateo County reported a relatively low number of deaths from opioid overdose in 2017, with most deaths occurring in rural areas in the southwest of the country.


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