Patrol officers of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department recently began carrying naloxone, better known as Narcan, in an effort to save lives in the event of opioid overdoses. The department is the first law enforcement agency in Santa Clara County to carry the overdose antidote.
Narcan has proven effective in reversing the symptoms of an opioid overdose and saving lives, according to law enforcement officials. The medication carried by the police officers is administered via a nasal spray. Long used by paramedics, it is increasingly being carried by other first responders to treat an overdose from drugs like heroin and prescription opioid painkillers.