As of this past weekend, Connecticut State Police have saved 100 people from overdoses by using Narcan in less than two years.
On Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman commended police for saving the 100th person from an overdose early Sunday morning in Woodbury.
“Connecticut’s state troopers are among the best in the nation, and this is proof positive that their dedication to the residents of this state is having a lasting impact,” Malloy said in a press release.
After a state law was introduced in 2014, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro arranged for all state troopers to complete training where they learned how to administer Narcan, and were equipped with the treatment while on duty.
“Giving first responders access to Narcan – and the training to use it – saves lives,” Lt. Governor 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.”
“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,” Commissioner 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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