Officials announce effort
life-saving drug to reverse heroin/opiate overdose
District Attorney Jack Whelan, Delaware County Council and Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) joined together at the office of the Delaware County medical examiner to pledge their support for legislation that would allow police officers in Pennsylvania to carry and administer naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose and bring an unresponsive person back to life.
As more people become addicted to prescription painkillers, they turn to cheaper and readily available heroin. In just the past four weeks, Delaware County has had at least four heroin-related deaths. Since the start of 2014, there have been 12 heroin-related deaths.
James McCans, paramedic director with Haverford Township, demonstrates the use of naloxone nasal spray, to County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle and District Attorney Jack Whelan, as Rob Reeder, emergency medical services chief for Crozer-Keystone South, observes. County officials support legislation to authorize police officers to administer naloxone to reserve the effects of a heroin overdose.
Delaware County Council recognized advocates from the Arc of Delaware County during Intellectual Disability Awareness Month. Show at the March 5 meeting are, from left, Arc staff members Neya Fitzgerald, Karissa Fridley, Arc board president Colleen Shepherd, County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle, self-advocate John O’Malley, Arc members Greg Paninos, Terrie Reese and Eileen MacDonald, and back row, Frank DeBenedetto, executive director at Plush Mills Senior Living dining services that employs John O’Malley, and Council members John McBlain, Dave White, Vice Chair Mario J. Civera Jr. and Colleen Morrone.
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