Wednesday: Legislators Advance Plan For Overdose Drug

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Jefferson County legislators took a small step Tuesday night toward putting the anti-overdose drug Narcan in the hands of sheriff's deputies.

Members of the county legislature's health and human services committee agreed to consider a formal resolution authorizing the use of the drug.

The resolution will be presented at the committee's next meeting.

Narcan is a drug given to people who are suffering the effects of an overdose of an opiod - think Oyxcontin and other painkillers that are routinely abused.

"Within a very short period of time it helps restore breathing,"said Anita Seefried-Brown, from Jefferson Coiunty's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council.

Law enforcement personnel - sheriff's deputies, local and state police - are often the first people on the scene of an overdose.

Former city police officer Ron Cole supports the use of Narcan. He saw the drug save a person: "Without rapid response and treatment, probably would have died. I just wish this could be put in the hands of all of our law enforcement.."

"It is a real problem, and if we can save somebody's life or turn it around, that's what we're looking forward to doing," said county legislator Anthony Doldo, R-15th district.

Assuming the resolution passes Health and Human Services, it will still have to come before the legislature's finance and rules committee and then the full legislature for a vote.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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