Paramedics teach Germantown police how to treat heroin overdoses

CREATED Jul 10, 2014

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GERMANTOWN -- The same officers who arrest people for heroin possession now possess the skills to save their lives.

 
Starting Monday, every Germantown police squad will carry doses of Narcan, the controversial life-saving drug that treats heroin opiate overdoses.
 
"Sometimes [police officers] are the first ones on scene, especially on the third shift hours and time is of the essence," Chief Peter Hoell tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "We have to save someone's life no matter how they put themselves in that position."
 
Already, paramedics say they've administered Narcan at least eight times this year, and most of those episodes took place on the road. In one instance, Hoell explains someone collapsed while at a gas station.
 
Narcan works like nasal spray and doesn't have any side effects.
 
Still, some people have spoken out against Narcan because they think it creates a safety net for people who want to use drugs.
 
Hoell says that doesn't matter.
 
"We have to save someone's life no matter how they put themselves in that position."