TEWKSBURY – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan hosted a training at Tewksbury Country Club last Thursday for police officers and firefighters from Middlesex County in how to use the drug Narcan for the treatment of opioid overdoses.
“Another Chance: Reversing the Effects of Opiate Overdoses,” is a train-the-trainer initiative for first responders from each community in Middlesex County. The training was by District Attorney Ryan, pharmacist David Morgan, emergency physician Dr. Daniel Muse, and the Stoughton Police Department and included a hands-on training in administering Nasal Naloxone. District Attorney Ryan also provided first responders with doses of the drug.
District Attorney Ryan convened the training to address the troubling increase in drug overdoses in the county. Since January 1, 2014, in Middlesex County, alone, more than 45 people have died from fatal drug overdoses. Nasal Naloxone is a safe treatment that reverses the effects of an overdose. When administered by a first responder answering a call for an overdose, Nasal Naloxone can mean the difference between life and death.