By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

YORK, Maine (AP) - In response to growing concerns statewide regarding heroin usage, York police and firefighters are among the first in Maine to be equipped with the opioid antidote naloxone.

The Portsmouth Herald ( ) reports that York Hospital has a stock of naloxone at its pharmacy and has agreed to provide the drug, also known as Narcan, free to all emergency personnel in town for the next year.

Narcan reverses overdoses from heroin and painkillers derived from opium such as oxycodone, codeine and suboxone.

York Police Chief Douglas Bracy says since a law was passed last year allowing first responders to possess and administer Narcan, he has wanted to provide the drug to his officers and to firefighters.

Bracy says heroin use “is at an epidemic level here on the Seacoast.”


Information from: Portsmouth Herald,

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