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Akron, Ohio

APD OFFICERS USE NEWLY SUPPLIED NARCAN - SAVE TWO LIVES

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 09-01-2016

Akron, Ohio, August 31, 2016 – Under a directive made by City of Akron Mayor, Dan Horrigan, the Akron Police Department started training officers last week in administering nasal Narcan spray to those individuals suffering from an opiate overdose.  After the officers were trained, Narcan kits were distributed to all district patrol cruisers.

“I am grateful that our officers now have the training and the Narcan needed to save lives,” said Mayor Horrigan. “As we continue to strengthen programs and services available to opiate-addicted individuals within the city and county, we will make it a priority to save lives and rehabilitate, while also educating our city’s younger generations and eventually ending this cycle of opiate abuse.”

Tuesday afternoon officers in two patrol districts administered Narcan to individuals suffering from suspected opiate overdoses.  The first call was around 4:00 pm in the 2100 block of 16th Street SW for a 55 year-old male.  The second call was shortly after 5:00 pm in the 100 block of Roswell Street for a 26 year-old male.  Both individuals were revived by the use of Narcan and transported to local hospitals by paramedics for follow-up treatment.

The training and kits were supplied by the Summit County Public Health Department. Narcan is a brand name for the drug Naloxone, which acts as an antidote to opioid overdoses. Akron Police Department patrol calls were equipped with the kits beginning August 26.

Mayor Horrigan pledged to have Narcan available in all patrol cars by August 31.

For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communictions
166 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308
www.akronohio.gov
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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