Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday allowing first responders to administer a heroin antidote, called Narcan, in the case of an overdose, and immunity for people who call 911.
It’s a troubling trend and a warning for parents: There was a record number of deaths connected to heroin overdose in Hennepin County last year. Fifty-four people died in 2013, that’s up substantially from eight deaths in 2010, the year law enforcement notice an upward trend in overdoses.
There’s a drug that works as an antidote to save someone overdosing from heroin. Now a Minnesota state senator who lost her own daughter that way wants all law enforcement officers to carry it.