KPD and KFD to Carry Anti-Overdose Drug

The Kirksville City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding that will allow firefighters and police officers to begin carrying a drug which can revive patients after an opioid overdose.The Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to approve the departments’ participation in a Department of Health and Human Services program which will provide them with the anti-opiate naloxone at no cost.The medication, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, works quickly to restore normal breathing in people who have overdosed on heroin or prescription pain medication.Usage of naloxone has become more common in Missouri as opioid abuse has increased. Deputy Fire Chief Jon Cook says the police and fire departments respond to potential opioid overdoses several times a month. Cook said police and fire personnel have already received training in the carrying and use of naloxone.