Thursday, August 25, 2016

Potter County DA says Narcan now available to police

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The Potter County District Attorney, Andy J. Watson, is pleased to announce that Potter County’s Borough Police Departments have been approved for and are currently carrying Naloxone/Narcan.
The Naloxone/Narcan is a nasal spray that is easily administered to individuals who suffer from an opiate induced overdose to reverse the effects of respiratory depression. The substance has been reported throughout Pennsylvania to have successfully saved numerous lives and revive addicts from near death experiences from opiate overdose.
The District Attorney has worked closely with the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Michelle Mathers with Coudersport EMS, Dr. Glenn Williams, and Potter County Chiefs of Police to acquire an ongoing prescription for the Naloxone/Narcan.  
Each department, consisting of the Coudersport Borough Police Department, Shinglehouse Borough Police Department, Galeton Borough Police Department, and Sweden Township/Roulette Township Police Department have each been issued two doses of the Naloxone/Narcan for emergency use. Further doses of the Naloxone/Narcan are maintained at the District Attorney’s Office for emergency situations.
While the East Drug Task Force, consisting of many officers from our local police departments, will continue to aggressively investigate and make arrests on the heroin epidemic, law enforcement realizes the importance of saving addicts’ lives and helping them obtain treatment through the C.L.E.A.N. Protocol whenever possible.
Anyone with questions on Naloxone/Narcan can contact the District Attorney Andy J. Watson at 814-274-9450.