Boone County Firefighters Applaud New Overdose Drug Law

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, July 03 2014 Jul 3, 2014 Thursday, July 03, 2014 2:39:00 PM CDT July 03, 2014 in News
By: Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 Reporter
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BOONE COUNTY - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Thursday that allows police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to carry and use the antidote, narcan, to help reverse drug overdoses. Nixon signed the during a visit to a fire house in the town of Byrnes Mill.

Currently in Missouri only paramedics with an order from their medial directors can stock and administer the overdose antidote. 

Boone County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said law enforcement in Missouri will now be able to administer narcan which is an opiate antidote distributed by intramuscular injection or with a nasal spray device. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin.

"Narcan is a drug that reverses an opium-based overdose. When people overdose on opiates, they can go into respiratory depression very easy and by using narcan it can reverse that almost immediately bringing them out of respiratory depression," Blomenkamp said.

He said it has to do with timing to save someone in an overdose.

"The drug narcan can be on the scene faster now, the more drugs that are out there then the more drugs can be on the seen to help somebody," Blomenkamp said.

Blomenkamp also said just because Nixon signs the bill Thursday, the drugs are not available right away.

"We have training processes that we have to go through we have to acquire the drug, we have train on it, we have to identify how we are going to store it because it has to be stored in a climate controlled area. So we have to identify all of those things and then be able to train all of our staff on how to use it or when not to use it," Blomenkamp said.

He said it could take some time before they could put it in play in their fire trucks.

Opponents of narcan worry the drug may foster more risky behavior, because people will not worry as much about the consequences of their actions.

Nixon said the bill would not go into effect until August 28. Blomenkamp said the department may be ready in time if training goes well.

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