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New Bedford PD saves first life with Narcan

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By: Samantha Lavien
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New Bedford police saved their first life with Narcan, a drug used to reverse opiate overdoses over the weekend.

The police department was trained to use Narcan on Friday and used it Saturday afternoon on Hillman Street to save a 37-year-old man who was barely breathing and convulsing.

"One of our officers was able to utilize her nasal Narcan by assembling it at the seen and once the male was held under control the Narcan was administered by one of the fire personnel," said New Bedford Police Officer Lt. Scott Carola.

Firefighter Lt. Peter Clark administered the the overdose antidote. He says the man came to in a matter of seconds.

"This was approximately 25 to 30 seconds,” said Clark.

Drug overdoses are all to common here New Bedford.

"I've never seen anything like it the level of overdoses that we have out there it's a really tragic and unfortunate number,” said Carola.

Lt. Clark says the fire department has responded to dozens upon dozens so far this year.

"Typically per day maybe 2 to 3 overdoses a day,” said Clark.

Firefighters will soon be getting Narcan too. Lt. Clark says they could have it as soon as the end of the week.

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