A pilot Narcan training program in Massachusetts, covered in VICE News’ documentary, unequivocally illustrates the value of empowering members of the public to access and administer the antidote. According to figures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, more than 27,000 people have been enrolled in the program in that state. As of July, bystanders in the state had overseen 3,131 overdose rescues with Narcan — about six times more overdose reversals than the number reported by first responders.
Equipping cops and EMTs with Narcan doses and training is crucial, but providing ordinary people with the tools to reverse overdoses is even more necessary. Asking communities of drug users scarred by police harassment to trust the uniform now is too tall of an order.
Source: TheVice.com – December 2, 2014