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February 14, 2014

Markey steps up push for Narcan access

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Gloucester emergency crews are not the only ones on Cape Ann working with the drug.

Essex fire Chief Dan Doucette said first responders there are in training at Beverly Hospital to learn how to administer the drug.

”It’s a good idea,” he said.

”It’s beneficial; it does work,” he added.

The drug has already been a staple in Manchester, where paramedic and fire Chief Glen Rogers said he’s had to use the drug in the field around 100 times throughout his career.

In Manchester, he said, naloxone is only needed one or two times a year, but there is a push to get it in the hands of family members or friends of opiate addicts and addicts themselves.

He said the move to have naloxone in the hands of police was an innovative one, as is the case in Gloucester.

”The side effects are fairly minimal, and the results are maximal,” he added.

In Rockport, paramedics are trained how to use naloxone, and it should be stocked in ambulances fairly soon, according to Rosemary Lesch, head of the Rockport Ambulance Department.

“We’re ready to move to forward with it,” she said.

While Narcan is in Rockport and the professionals are trained, the town must go through some more paperwork from the state to use it.

And while Lesch said overdoses in Rockport are rare, they can happen from time to time.

“When you need it, you need it,” she said. “It’s good to have that on board.”

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-675-2708 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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