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Jun 8, 2016 8:50 PM

Derry firefighters train residents, distribute free Narcan kits

DERRY - In response to the growing opioid crisis in New Hampshire, Derry firefighters invited the public to a Narcan training course to teach them the important, potentially live-saving steps they can take if they see someone overdosing.

Since January of 2014, there have been more than 160 suspected opioid overdoses in Derry. Firefighters say they’re 5th in the state when it comes to having to use Narcan.

A big portion of the event is to connect residents with the proper resources, including the South Central Regional Public Health Network.

Firefighters say calling 911 is the priority and should come first if you think someone may be experiencing an overdose.

"If you call 911 immediately, and you attempt to use Narcan it preserves that time envelope for us to be able to get there in the event that it doesn't work," said Scott Haggart, Battalion Chief for the Derry FD.

Firefighters also taught the proper way to perform CPR, an important aspect of trying to revive someone.

Everyone who went through the training went home with a free Narcan kit. The kits, provided by the state Department of Health and Human Services include two doses of Narcan and a pair of rubber gloves.

Since September, DHHS has distributed 4,500 kits and plans to order more.

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