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Ocean View PD Teaches Civilians to Use Heroin Overdose Reversal Drug

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OCEAN VIEW, Del.- Ocean View police held a training seminar Thursday evening to teach people how to administer Nalaxone, or Narcan, the heroin overdose reversal drug. 

Currently, Ocean View is the only local police department that equips all officers with Narcan at all times. 

Heroin use is a growing problem nationally and locally, and according to Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin, having the ability to revive an overdose victim is important.

"It's been successful to date," he said. "We've already saved one life, so it's a success."

By holding the seminar, McLaughlin said he hopes to raise awareness.

Anthony Powell, who works at Addiction Medical Services of Delaware in Dewey Beach, said every day he sees how important recovery is.

"I think it's a great idea and I definitely think it's a good idea for law enforcement to have it," he said. "As long as they're able to follow up with emergency care after the fact with the patient."

But some question, could Narcan become a crutch? McLaughlin said he is not one to judge.

"We're in the position that we're not going to second guess; our job is to save lives and we're not going to put ourselves in a position where we're going to try to determine what lives are worth saving and what lives are not," he explained. "All life is precious and this is a great tool."

More than a dozen people attended Thursday's event in Ocean View.

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