STRATFORD, Conn. -- As a result of the ongoing opioid epidemic that's become widespread across Connecticut and the rest of the country, the Stratford Police Department has begun using Narcan to combat opioid overdoses.
Narcan is a brand of naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, particularly in the case of an overdose. Stratford Police will deploy the Narcan nasal spray to assist fire and EMS personnel with overdose calls. It will also provide a level of protection for officers and other first responders, who may come into contact with fentanyl and its derivatives, which pose a health risk to responders and investigators.
The Narcan kits have not only been provided to officers, but also to K-9 units in the event that a police K-9 should come into contact with tainted narcotics.
The Stratford Police Department worked in partnership with the Stratford Health Department, Fire Department and EMS to acquire, train and deploy the Narcan kits.
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