Narcan is a potential lifesaver.
Basically, if someone is overdosing, a spray up the nose from a first responder could bring them back.
"If it brings them around, maybe we saved a life," said Sheriff John Burns. "If it doesn't, then it's not something that's going to harm them."
Burns wants his deputies to carry the drug at all times, an idea county officials have been discussing for the last two months.
While no one doubts it could save lives, some lawmakers question whether or not it's worth it for the county.
Burns says there are roughly 200 overdoses a year in Jefferson County.
But deputies typically don't respond to cases in the city of Watertown or on Fort Drum.
"They can only service outside of the city and Fort Drum, I just want to know is there enough caseload to warrant it being made available to them," legislator John Peck said.
Lawmakers are opting for more research before they decide to equip deputies with Narcan.
A decision Sheriff Burns supports.
"If there's questions out there, let's get them answered," he said. "I have no problem with that at all."
Legislator Anthony Doldo says Narcan is just another tool, like CPR.
"Sheriff's deputies are trained to provide CPR, are we going to stop that because of the risk of liability? No, they're covered under the Good Samaritan law for that," he said.
Narcan could be back on the agenda for lawmakers next month.
Monday, April 21, 2014, Watertown, NY
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