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Township Police Trained On Rescue Drug Use

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Police Chief Michael Foltz displays a naloxone application unit to the township Board of Commissioners

SANATOGA PA – The naloxone program in the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, intended to help save the lives of persons who overdose on opiate-based drugs like heroin and fentanyl, “is up and running,” Chief Michael Foltz reported last week to the township Board of Commissioners.

The prescription medication, to be administered by police officers in emergency situations, has received widespread regional publicity because of its effectiveness. It blocks or reverses overdose effects, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. The program costs are being covered by the county District Attorney’s Office and Department of Public Safety.

All department officers completed instruction on using naloxone during December, and now “have been trained and certified” to administer it in compliance with state law, Foltz told board members Jan. 4. Pre-measured, automatically dispensed units of naloxone are being carried in four department equipment packages that also include automated external defibrillators for use on victims suffering heart attacks.

The rescue drug also is known by its trade name, Narcan.

Commissioners are next scheduled to meet Jan. 21 (Thursday) beginning at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. Meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 4 meeting):

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