Paramedic explains how Narcan has saved the lives of people close to death

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The overdose reversal drug Naxalone which is sold under Narcan has saved the lives of people who were close to death. 

The Tucson Fire Department is just one of the hundreds of fire stations across the nation to carry the drug. 

Paramedic Peter Weinman has been with the Tucson Fire Department for three years and says, "you see a lot of the darker side of society with the opioid epidemic right now."

Weinman works the frontline whenever 9-1-1 overdose calls come in. 

"It's life or death call and time is very sensitive," says Weinman. 

"Typically, when we have calls where we need to give Narcan it's a situation where someone isn't breathing or someone has overdosed on some kind of opioid whether it be heroin or pills," says Weinman.



Since June 15, TFD has reportedly used Narcan 375 times. 

For the first half of 2017, the Pima County Medical Examiners office says 153 people have died of overdoses. 

Weinman said, "there's no other drug that we can give them if they have overdosed on an opioid. There's no other drug that we can give them that will reverse the effects completely."

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