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Jun 2, 2015 3:27 PM

Laconia officials urge caution with prescribed Narcan to battle heroin overdoses


CONCORD - A drug used to combat heroin overdoses could soon be put into the public's hands.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law Tuesday allowing doctors to prescribe Narcan to a person at risk of experiencing an overdose.

Family members or friends who can assist could also get a prescription.

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Narcan is typically injected through a patient’s nose or directly into the blood stream.

It sounds easy enough, but some first responders feel it could give people a false sense of security.

They advise 911 to be called after Narcan is administered despite easy access because someone can have a negative reaction to the drug once it enters the body.

“Our biggest fear is administering it properly and education," Deputy Chief Shawn Riley said. "If you are going to take the responsibility of using Narcan, that you're trained well so you know exactly what you are doing.”

And not everyone is convinced this bill will curb the increasing epidemic in New Hampshire.

A woman named Beverly, who lives in Laconia and didn't want to be identified, said to NH1 News: “People are going to almost feel invincible and they're just going to feel like, ‘Oh, well I can overdose because I have it (Narcan) in my purse right next to my Advil and my Tumms.”

Classes are offered in Laconia and can be given to anyone who has an at-home prescription for Narcan.

First responders say that if not administered properly Narcan is ineffective and could cost someone their life.

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