The DuPage County Health Department recently held a training session to teach others how to administer help to those suffering a drug overdose.
In their largest training class to date, police officers and members of the community were trained to use the new version of the drug Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose.
“The new application is a simple open up the container and it’s ready to use and you just go ahead and stick it in the nostril, shoot the entire dose in one nostril. The old way was half the dose in one nostril half the dose in the other nostril,” said Jeff Christiansen, Detective Sergeant with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.
The new version, which comes with a new manufacturer, is pre-assembled as one applicator, instead of requiring the user to assemble it themselves when responding to an overdose.
Officials believe the small change could save lives.
“The overdose happens in one to three hours, we don’t know when we get the call. Time is of the essence so we need to administer it as soon as possible,” said Christiansen.
Historically, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office uses the drug about once a month.
The DuPage Narcan Program began as a collaboration among state and county wide officials. Since it began in September 2013, 233 lives have been saved.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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