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NB police use Narcan eight times in 10 days

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NEW BEDFORD, MA-Police are combating drug over doses but, their efforts aren't solving the issue of addiction. Officers just started using the life–saving drug Narcan, but many fear that it’s not enough.

For New Bedford police officers, the use of the life–saving drug Narcan, which reverses the effects of opioid drug overdoses, has becoming a daily occurrence.

Lt. Ricard Rezendes is the training director for the police department.

Police officers have had to use this nasal spray almost once a day since they began carrying it ten days ago.

Capt. Steven Vicente says heroin use has been prevalent in city since he began almost 30-years ago. He believes only addicts can change their behavior; Narcan, won't solve drug issues.

New Bedford does not keep record of the number of overdoses. It only records how many times they use Narcan.

There are clear signs to indicate when a person has overdosed, including a heavy snore-sound that indicates they're having trouble breathing.

"Accidental overdoses, then yeah, it's a great drug and they definitely should be saved no matter what, but for the people who keep doing it over and over again, why are we saving them,” said Sarah of Dartmouth.

Once an overdosed person or his or her friend calls for medical help, they can not be arrested under the Good Samaritan law.

The Narcan is funded by a federal grant.

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