A new nasal spray carried by police to treat those suffering from the effects of a drug overdose recently saved a man’s life in Croxley.
Naloxone spray, a drug which can reverse the effects of opioids, was rolled out for Herts Police officers to use in April following a six-month trial run. Since then, the force says it has already saved six lives.
One such incident recently took place in Croxley, where the police were attending a man who had taken a deliberate overdose of prescription opiate medication.
While speaking to officers and waiting for an ambulance, he became unresponsive. Officers immediately administered naloxone, and the man was taken to hospital for further treatment.
Chief Inspector Jason Keane, who is overseeing the project, said: “Naloxone is easy to administer and buys vital time before paramedics arrive and as demonstrated can be the difference between life and death.
“To date, more than 250 officers from the constabulary have been trained in administering naloxone and this is another addition to our trauma kits to enable us to best serve the public.”
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