BALTIMORE CO. (WJZ) — For first responders, Naloxone is the go-to drug to stop overdoses from opioids.
According Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch, “It’s a drug of second chances.”READ MORE: BPD Officer Dragged By Car 2 Blocks Is Now In Fair Condition; 36-Year-Old Charged
Baltimore County’s Health Department wants to increase the chances people will receive naloxone.
Sold under the name Narcan, the county purchased 600 doses.
It will go to the emergency rooms of four area hospitals, but not for treating overdoses in the ER. The Narcan will be given to families of overdose patients.READ MORE: Crime Without Punishment: Homicide Clearance Rates Are Declining Across The US. Baltimore's Is Down To 42%
“We want to be able to give it to that person or their family to prevent deaths,” Dr. Branch said.
Because knowing it works and not having it is “the worst case scenario for a parent that has a child that’s addicted to some medication,” said Dr. Eric Beauvois, ER physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“So having this program to get the medication into people’s hands is critical,” he added.MORE NEWS: Man Charged With Dragging Baltimore Officer Had Nearly 20 Prior Arrests