St. Louis County Police May be First to Carry Heroin Antidote
CLAYTON (AP) - The police chief in St. Louis County wants his department to be the first in the St. Louis area to carry an antidote for heroin overdoses.
Nearly 1,800 people have died from heroin overdoses in the St. Louis region since 2007. Typically, officers can only radio for medical help and hope the ambulance brings the drug naloxone on time. Naloxone is administered from a nasal sprayer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis County chief Tim Fitch estimates that his officers beat ambulances to overdoses at least 30 percent of time. He says that in many cases, a few minutes can be the difference between life and death.
Fitch met this week with the National Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse to lobby for support.