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Some Oxford Hills cops to give Narcan, save lives … but not all agree

January 21, 2016 by A.M. Sheehan Advertiser-Democrat

PARIS — On Thursday, Jan. 14, some 30 to 40 members of law enforcement gathered to train to administer naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, in the case of opiate/opioid overdose.The training was in part an initiative of the Western Maine Drug Addiction Task Force and the Paris Police Department, according to Paris Police Interim Chief Jeff Lange who arranged the session.

Paramedic Krista Comis, PACE employee and member of the task force, provided the training, along with PACE EMS personnel.

Member of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police, Bridgton Police, Dixfield Police and on-duty Paris Fire Department members took part.

The task force is a community-based coalition dedicated to reducing the demand of heroin in Western Maine through the use of education, recovery, prevention, intervention and treatment, according to Lange, along with legislation, legal resources and proactive law enforcement.

Officers, deputies and fire personnel saw a 40-minute presentation that outlined what to look for to identify an overdose, the ease with which they can administer Narcan, reassurance that Narcan can not harm a patient and the suggestion that each department develop its own protocol for overdose response and Narcan administration.

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