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Connecticut State Police Save 100 From Opioid ODs Due To Change In Law

Gov. Dannel Malloy
Gov. Dannel Malloy Photo Credit: Jay Polansky, File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Connecticut State Police is credited with saving 100 lives in fewer than two years by administering Narcan to people who are overdosing on opioids, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

“Training and equipping our state’s first responders was a commonsense step in our efforts to combat the alarming, nationwide trend of heroin and prescription drug abuse," Malloy said. "Not only are these frontline men and women saving lives, but their action is helping people begin the necessary path toward treatment and recovery, and I thank them for their service.”

The 100th save by a Connecticut State Trooper occurred early Sunday in Woodbury.

A new state law was introduced by Malloy and enacted in 2014 that gave civil and criminal liability protection to anybody who administers Narcan in good faith to an individual experiencing an overdose.

“Giving first responders access to Narcan – and the training to use it – saves lives,” Wyman said. “This announcement makes clear just how important this strategy has been to our overall efforts to combat opioid abuse. But more importantly, it speaks to our commitment to protecting to public health and the residents who deal with addiction.”

Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro arranged for all Connecticut State Police Troopers to complete a training program providing them with the skills needed to administer the medication, and equipped them with the treatment while on duty. Law enforcement are frequently the first on the scene of an overdose.

“I am proud of our troopers. Their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives in Connecticut, including residents grappling with opioid addiction, is second to none,” Schriro said. “One hundred people who were in severe medical distress were given a second chance to address their addiction because of the actions of Connecticut State Troopers.”

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