Atlanta Police Carry Life-Saving Drug, But Not Citywide

first_img1:05 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings An audio version of this report.1:05Last month, an Atlanta police officer found a man slumped over in his car, unresponsive, with a syringe near-by.The officer broke into the car, sprayed a dose of the drug naloxone (brand name: Narcan) into the man’s nose, and within seconds, reversed a heroin overdose and potentially saved his life.It happened on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in northwest Atlanta, which falls into the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 1.But if the man happened to be in Buckhead, Peoplestown or any other part of the city, the outcome could’ve been very different.“At this point, we’re still in the pilot phase,” Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says. She says most heroin overdoses happen in Zone 1, which is why officers there were chosen for the year-long pilot.  If all goes well when that test period wraps up this December, Espy says officers in all parts of the city will carry the drug.“The only thing I can see that would be hindering us is cost,” she says.  Increased demand has driven naloxone’s price up ─ in some cases, doubling to nearly $50 a dose in only a matter of weeks.The Atlanta Police Department will apply for grants to fund a future citywide rollout, Espy says.So far, she says, the city has paid about $2,000 for the drug.Atlanta police were unable to provide numbers for heroin overdoses in other zones of the city by deadline.  ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Sharelast_img read more

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