Narcan drug helps revive patients from an overdose

It's called a save shot by many and it's a drug that can potentially end an overdose.

- It's called a save shot by many and it's a drug that can potentially end an overdose.

"This is a fast-acting drug, it's a very magical drug," Said Captain Mike Billingsly with Phoenix Fire.

The drug is called Naloxone, or Narcan. Phoenix Fire crews keep it on their trucks and ambulances and use it regularly on those who are suspected of overdosing on an opate like heroin or some prescription painkillers.

"This drug can work in a matter of seconds, the patient goes from not breathing and blue with a horrible heart rate to standing up and wanting to run away," said Billingsly.

"Narcan is used hundreds of times a day by our paramedics," said Dr. Frnak LoVecchio.

LoVecchio says the drug can be a powerful tool in helping addicts.

"You're more likely to die of an overdose in our state if you are 25-45 than a car accident," he said.

At the Arizona State Legislature some lawmakers are pushing to make the drug available to family members of addicts since they would likely be the first to spot an overdose, quickly stop one, and deal with the aftermath. But the bill is currently stalled while lawmakers work on the state budget.
 


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