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Baltimore police have a duty to carry naloxone [Commentary]
In March, Anne Arundel County was the first county in Maryland to put the powerful, lifesaving drug naloxone in the hands of its police officers. Naloxone is a safe and effective prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It can be administered via a simple nasal spray device. Emergency medical professionals have used it for decades, and recently more and more police departments across the country are equipping their officers with the skills and supplies necessary to administer this lifesaving treatment to people suffering from an opioid overdose. Police are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose, and those early minutes can be the key to saving a life. Given the magnitude of heroin abuse in Baltimore City, the Baltimore police department should be the next to initiate this type of program.
By Nina Miller
June 4, 2014