The South Pasadena Police Department Receives Approval from the LA County EMS Agency to Implement its NARCAN Program

The South Pasadena Police Department is excited to announce it has received program approval from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency to implement its NARCAN® (Naloxone) program. NARCAN (Naloxone HCl) is used in the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

In the coming days, all SPPD officers will receive training in the administration of NARCAN Nasal Spray. NARCAN Nasal Spray is an opioid antagonist designed to reverse the respiratory depression caused by an overdose of opioids. Immediately upon completion of training, SPPD officers will be issued two doses of NARCAN Nasal Spray to deploy to the field.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United St ates. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that opioid overdose deaths increased from 2016 to 2017.”

Additional information can be found here: Center for Disease Control and Prevention Opioids Portal

What is Narcan® Nasal Spray?