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Erie's Emergycare Saving Lives With Heroin Overdose Drug

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The government is calling the spike in heroin-related deaths an 'urgent public health crisis.'
And the US Attorney General is now calling for more first responders to use a drug, designed to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

Heroin overdoses went up 45% since 2006, and that number is expected to rise.
So, US Attorney General Eric Holder wants more first responders to use a drug that can counteract an overdose.
He's encouraging first responders to carry the drug Naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, which can reverse a heroin overdose instantaneously.

Paramedics with Emergycare have used the drug for years.
In fact, Emergycare Supervisor Harry Latta, says it's saved dozens of lives in Erie county.
Latta says they've seen a spike in heroin overdoses, and they often administer Narcan with a mister device.

And because of the ease of use, Holder says its a life-saving drug that all first responders can be trained on and use, including police officers.
But right now, only 17 states allow the distribution of the drug.

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