How the Tucson Fire Department prepares for overdose calls

  • Source: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
  • Published: 10/03/2019 07:19 AM

VIDEO: It's a Wednesday morning at the Tucson Fire Department headquarters downtown. An overdose call comes in and soon crews are out the door. "The little bit of information we have determines the level of protection that we put on, and then some of the equipment" said Captain Nate Weber. On the way to the scene the crew only knows what the dispatcher tells them. "In this situation she was coming down from heroin and meth and some other medications," Weber said. "She wanted to get some help. Obviously the first call is to 911." Tucson Fire officials say in the last year it has taken 2,200 overdose calls. Captain Brian Thompson says that number is actually low because some overdoses may actually come in as other health issues. The department also used about 1,600 doses of Narcan, a lifesaving opioid reversal drug.


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