New Training For St. Johnsbury Police

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st johnsbury police stationST. JOHNSBURY— With the recent articles declaring an increase of drug use in Vermont, many are trying to find ways to stop drug usage and prevent overdoses. While preventing an overdose can be far out of reach, one step closer is to prevent the number of deaths from an overdose. This can be done by using a drug that will reverse the effects of opiate drugs.

 

    Officials are adopting the new method of using the drug, Narcan. The St. Johnsbury Police Department is one of the first departments in the area to be able to administer the drug. On top of being trained on how to properly administer the drug, Officials were updated on how the drug works and how it would affect the user and the condition of the overdose.

   When arriving on scene, if an officer suspects that the victim is unconscious due to an overdose, the Narcan can be administered. One millileter of Narcan will then be injected into each nostril of the user through a syringe. By being injected into the nostrils, the reaction time will take less for the drug to take effect. Within a couple of minutes, the effects of the opiate drugs will be reversed. The way the Narcan works is that it will allow the user to skip the high stage that the drugs cause, come down from the effects of the drug, and go into the sickness stage.

         Before the police department was able to administer this drug, only EMT's were allowed to. The drug has been known for years and as time passed, training became available for other officials. Calex EMS Chief, Michael Wright, had conducted the training for the St. Johnsbury Police Department. Police Chief Clement Houde believes that even if there is never a chance to use the Narcan in his police career, that he would rather have it and be safe than sorry. "It's a situation where you almost can't lose," said Chief Houde.