Jan 15, 2015 12:34 PM

Rules to allow NH police to carry Narcan being created


CONCORD - New rules are being created to allow police officers across the state to administer a life-saving drug.

In efforts to combat heroin overdoses, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes hope to create a new license that would allow all trained police officers the option to carry and administer intranasal naloxone, commonly known as Narcan.

Narcan is an emergency treatment for heroin and opioid overdoses that can be given by nasal injection. Currently, all four general levels of emergency medical services have the ability in New Hampshire to administer Narcan.

"The rising rate of heroin and opioid overdoses is one of the most pressing public health and safety challenges facing our state," Hassan said. "Creating a new license level for law enforcement is a common-sense step forward that will help us save lives, enhancing our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our communities."

The recommendation for the new licensing level came from a group of officials tasked to come up with a solution for the problem.

The New Hampshire Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating Board was scheduled to review the new recommendations Thursday afternoon.


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