Schaumburg police now carry overdose antidote

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 1/9/2015 1:47 PM

Schaumburg police officers recently joined the DuPage County Narcan Program and are now carrying the lifesaving antidote to opiate drug overdose.

Officers have been trained to recognize the symptoms of a heroin or other opiate overdose and administer Narcan, also known as Naloxone, if they arrive on a scene prior to paramedics.

 

The Narcan is administered via a nasal spray, potentially reversing an overdose before it results in death.

"If the officers are able to save even one life, this will have been a great success," Schaumburg Police Chief Jim Lamkin said.

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