Paramedics see use for stronger overdose reversal drug that's being proposed

  • Source: WGTU-TV Up North Live
  • Published: 03/20/2019 05:20 PM

It’s becoming more common every day, emergency responders getting called to save someone who could die from a drug overdose. Now a company known for producing a popular opioid is working on an overdose reversal drug stronger than what’s currently available. “Our agency responses to about 100 overdose cases a year,” said Spencer Scanlon. Scanlon is a firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department, responding to drug overdoses is something he’s gotten used to. If it’s opioid related the overdose reversal drug Narcan is a must have. “In a matter of five minutes you can go from a patient that is unresponsive from chest compressions to up talking to you,” said Scanlon about the drug.


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