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Cicero PD authorized to administer Narcan in suspected heroin overdoses

— The Cicero Police Department has been recognized as an official Narcan (nalaxone) administration program.

The CPD recently received authorization from the state of New York for police officers to carry naloxone in the patrol vehicles. This drug will be administered to those who are suspected of overdose by heroin. This drug has saved many lives and is now being made available to law enforcement agencies who are able to meet state requirements.

Officer James Snell, the department’s medical officer (and also a state-certified paramedic), is responsible for training officers, reporting and monitoring the program. He will be working with NAVAC, who will assist in providing the naloxone.

“This is a lifesaving service that I am proud that our police department can provide to the community,” said Cicero Supervisor Jessica Zambrano. “It is unfortunate that we have this problem in our communities, but I hope this program will save lives.”

Chief Joseph Snell noted that, many times, Cicero patrol officers are the first on the scene in medical emergencies. Those officers are trained to provide lifesaving techniques. Each patrol unit carries an automated external defibrillator and first aid equipment; soon they will also care naloxone.

Training is expected to begin immediately. The kits will be in the units very shortly.

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