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Buffalo Firefighters Carrying Narcan

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Buffalo Firefighters are now carrying the life saving drug Narcan. They used it for the first time Monday night.

"The Buffalo Fire Department is extremely excited about the opportunity to provide our community this life saving drug. We have seen too often the terrible impact that the abuse of opioids and other drugs have had on citizens and believe that we will be better able to sustain the lives of those persons that we are called to serve," says Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.  

To combat a growing number of people struggling with heroin and prescription drug addiction across the country, police and fire departments throughout the nation have begun carrying Narcan. The antidote is used to combat respiratory depression caused by opioids. Opioids act on opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system.  Narcan blocks these receptors, stopping opioids from acting on them. This reverses the suppression of breathing.

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