A law expected to be introduced in Pennsylvania this month, would allow emergency responders to provide naloxone (Narcan) to people who've overdosesd on heroin and/or prescription narcotics.
That strategy received support on Monday from the Obama Administration. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the increase in overdose deaths from heroin and other prescription pain killers, "an urgent public health crisis." He noted that between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths in the U.S increased by 45 percent.
He also urged that first responders carry naloxone. When administered quickly and effectively, the drug restores breathing to a victim overcome by a heroin or other opioid overdose.
The Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program is hoping to get Narcan to police and other first responders.