HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Members of the Hartford Fire Department say they have seen positive results after requiring firefighters to carry the drug NARCAN beginning last November.
According to Captain Thomas LeConche, firefighters have used NARCAN 44 times since November on patients who were not breathing on their arrival. Out of the 44, LeConche says 36 patients responded with positive results.
“This life saving drug, combined with the skills of our Hartford Firefighters has proven to be invaluable in its application and use by our professional emergency responders,” said Fire Chief Reginald Freeman.
NARCAN, or Naloxone, works to help immediately stop the effects of opioid drugs, such as heroin and prescription pain pills.
LeConche says the department is committed to exploring any options that would increase EMS service to the citizens of Hartford.