FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — In response to the recent increase in deaths due to overdoses, Fall River’s mayor is aiming to properly equip his city’s police officers.
Mayor Will Flanagan is requesting that the Mass. Department of Public Health allow police officers to carry Narcan spray, which can reverse the effects of overdoses.
Flanagan said EMT’s currently carry the medication, but police are often the first to respond to a scene.
“Look at Bristol County, the amount of overdoses as well as fatalities from overdoses are on the rise,” he said. “If we can save one life here, this program will be worth it.”
According to Mass. health officials, Narcan spray has stopped more than 2,000 overdoses in the state since 2007.
Earlier this month Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called for all first responders to carry the drug.
Rhode Island has also been experiencing a spike in heroin overdoses. The Health Dept. reported last Friday that 38 people have died so far this year.