MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minneapolis Fire Department has added Narcan to its lifesaving toolkit, effective May 3. Naloxone is a drug that’s proven effective in treating patients who have suffered an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers.
The Minneapolis Fire Department spent several months training all personnel on the safe administration of Narcan prior to Tuesday’s distribution and implementation. MFD will carry a vaporized version of the drug, which can be administered nasally.
The cost of Narcan treatments, along with a portion of the training costs, are being reimbursed by the Minnesota Metropolitan Emergency Services Board.
Steve’s Law was passed in 2013, giving first responders and everyday citizens in Minnesota a legal right to carry naloxone. According to Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, every year about 16,000 people accidentally overdoses on pain pills each year, which is about 4 times the number of heroin overdoses.