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Jun 7, 2015 1:51 PM

Narcan use in NH more than doubles


First responders dealing with drug overdoses more than doubled their use of an anti-overdose medication called naloxone, or Narcan, last year, the Nashua Telegraph reports.

The drug is used to reverse the effects of heroin and other opiate overdoses. More than 300 people died as a result of drug overdoses in 2014, according to state records.

Nick Mercuri, chief of N.H. Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, told the Telegraph that Narcan was administered 3,275 times last year, which is a 134 percent jump over 2013. It is an even greater leap from 2011 when records show it was used only 919 times.

In total, EMTs used an estimated $2 million worth of Narcan in 2014.

The Narcan administered by emergency medical crews in 2014 include only those in which a 911 emergency call was placed, Mercuri said. It does not take into account Narcan given in hospitals, health clinics or other settings, Mercuri said.

While naloxone is administered to patients in cardiac arrest and other ailments, Mercuri said the spike is most likely due to the opioid epidemic.


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