Springfield police use Narcan for first time, save inmate's life

Eugene and Springfield police have been carrying Narcan in their vehicles for months.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 10:15 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Officials at the Springfield Municipal Jail used Narcan to save an inmate's life, and the Springfield Police Department said they're worried this is not the last time they'll have to use the medication.

Lt. Scott McKee says this is the first time their department has had to use Narcan since they first installed it months ago. The over-the-counter medication helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

An inmate at the jail went into cardiac arrest soon after being processed into the jail. Investigators said it was a heroin overdose. Jail officials used nasal Narcan to revive the man.

Narcan has been equipped in Springfield and Eugene police vehicles for months.

However, Eugene police have had to use Narcan several times since it was first installed.

In Lebanon, police said there were four heroin overdoses within a couple of days recently.

Police want people to know that Narcan is not just for drug users but law enforcement officers as well. The medication can protect police whenever they come into contact with a deadly drug while on the job.

Springfield police said each dose of Narcan carried in the police vehicles costs $70, and they are reinstalled once used.

McKee said the amount they pay to have Narcan in their cars is a small price to pay for saving lives.

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