Heroin overdoses prompt push for sheriff's deputies to carry antidote

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 5:51 PM

A push is on in Hennepin County to allow sheriff’s deputies to carry an antidote to heroin and other opiates that can be given to someone who is overdosing.

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swmnguyDec. 10, 1310:25 AM

This seems like a good idea. As does the amnesty for people calling for help in an emergency. I wonder how many people have died when it could have been prevented, but for fear of punishment.

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waldorbbDec. 10, 1310:27 AM

With all that going on it would be a lot cheaper just to shoot the addicts rather than to carry an antidote, send them to treatment, hanf them wellfare and chase them through the penal system for the next 30-years! Take some personal responsibility people!

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waldorbbDec. 10, 1310:29 AM

Very few of these heroin addicts will go on to become valuable contributors to society and most will leach off the system until they die.

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roadtoruinDec. 10, 1310:32 AM

You know an even better way to prevent overdoses? Stay of the smack.

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sonofagunDec. 10, 1311:40 AM

Isn't that so like Rich Stanek to try and take over everything? We have people who are called paramedics, Rich!

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mvcurtisDec. 10, 1312:17 PM

So who is one the hook if giving it does not go the correct way? (Wrong diagnoses, an allergic reaction, too much, too little … etc)

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tlefaiveDec. 10, 1312:37 PM

Also, who's gonna foot the bill for Narcan and the training that EMS personnel will have to go through? The taxpayers? I'm sorry, but I don't think it's my civic duty to pay for meds for someone who OD's on an illegal narcotic.

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roysandstromDec. 10, 13 1:22 PM

^ waldorbb & others; As an old Detox RN I support this. Most overdose is from RX opiate meds and alcohol, and biggest group who die are 45-54 year old women. Less harm should win over having cops just seek FELONY prison time and run up $$ on tax payer. Treatment works. Most overdose is accidental and again mostly alcohol & RX meds. This will save tax money and lives. Those who oppose this are mostly big government loving prohibitionists who like the status quo and the budget busting prison costs. This is a win-win law. Saves lives, saves tax $.

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momastarDec. 10, 13 1:25 PM

I am a mom who lost a 19yo to heroin. If the first responder had had narcan there is a good chance he would have lived. He was a talented musician and well loved in the community. HE made a mistake. There are lots like him. Do you think Corey Monteith was a looser too. I support this bill. You can't hurt someone with Narcan if they don't need it and I have never heard of an allergy to it. If your kid or grand child or sibling makes a dumb mistake don't you wish they would have another chance. I do not wish any parent to go through this including the ones who think my child was a looser.

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accesspointsDec. 10, 13 1:49 PM

If you want or need Narcan now you can attend a training and get a prescription. We will teach you how to recognize and respond to an overdose. Training dates can be found here on the Access Points Harm Reduction Resources Facebook Event's Page. Please search for us and attend a training if you or someone you know can benefit from this life saving drug. Next training is being held this Friday.

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