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New Haven leaders want police to be able to administer Narcan

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It has been known to save lives and pull people back from the brink of a heroin overdose. (WFSB) It has been known to save lives and pull people back from the brink of a heroin overdose. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

It has been known to save lives and pull people back from the brink of a heroin overdose.

Narcan is becoming a common tool in many police forces, but there is some resistance in New Haven.

“It's very powerful. It saved my life,” said Patty Santamauro, who said she knows the powers of Narcan.

Officers in many police departments across the state are equipped with it.

Over the weekend in Vernon, EMTs administered Narcan to the victim in a rollover crash on Route 83, but police there said officers soon will have Narcan at their disposal.

“If they could in fact be covered to administer Narcan, why not,” said Rick Fontana, the Emergency Management director in New Haven.

He said Mayor Toni Harp has made Narcan a priority in the Elm City. Not only does she want firefighters and emergency technicians equipped with the reversal drug, she wants police officers to have it too, but there has been some push back.

“They say it's the fire department's job,” Fontana said.

He said he understands where officers are coming from. If officers were on their knees administering the drug, it leaves their weapons exposed.

Some residents side with the police union.

“Police officers have to worry about our safety and they go for training for safety, not so much for medical things,” said Migdalas Clemmons of New Haven.

The negotiations will go on. The city is hoping they can work something out.

The police union did not return calls for comment made by Eyewitness News on Monday.

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