Heroin Epidemic, Responders Now Armed and Ready

By Mary Wilson | marwilson@wutr.tv

Published 04/22 2014 07:27PM

Updated 04/22 2014 07:29PM

Heroin is on the rise locally. That's why more responders in the community are being armed with a medication that can help. Eyewitness News Reporter Jeff Kulikowsky says training and education are stepping up across the area. On Friday alone Syracuse police say there were five overdoses in 24 hours. It's why ACR Health has joined the list of responders who can administer naloxone to someone who's o-ded on heroin. This kit has two needles and two doses. They say the drug can be quickly injected into a persons muscle and if done within a half hour to ninety minutes of a heroin overdose can save that person's life. Naloxone is not new, just new to the area. Bortel says each of their kits comes with training for select community members who can respond to an overdose, and is tracked by the agency. She says if it's used they ask it be reported so they can monitor the use of this drug and the one it's aimed to help fight.

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