City to Train, Equip All First Responders to Prevent Opioid and Heroin Overdoses

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Northeast Ohio Opioid Epidemic

Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference Friday to address the City of Cleveland’s efforts to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

The Division of Police is holding trainings on how to use the life-saving drug Narcan (Naloxone), which prevents opioid overdose. When police training is complete, all front line officers, paramedics and firemen throughout the city will be equipped and trained to administer Narcan and prevent citizen overdose.

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Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and the Division of Fire are already administering the drug. Cleveland also is the first city in Ohio to collaborate with Project Dawn and dispense Narcan to citizens for personal use.

The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of its residents, and is exercising a proactive, holistic approach to combating the opioid epidemic. The most effective method to combat overdoses is to administer Narcan. Mayor Jackson and the administration recognize the need to have the drug readily available for all first responders.

Watch the full press conference below:

About Nancy Kelsey

Nancy Kelsey is the Social Media and Digital Communications Manager for the Mayor's Office of Communications at the City of Cleveland.

2 thoughts on “City to Train, Equip All First Responders to Prevent Opioid and Heroin Overdoses

  1. NARCAN is not a way to combat this Heroin epidemic. NARCAN is how we help save the lives of those who overdose on Heroin. And it does save lives. What we need to do to combat this epidemic is to educate people about spotting the signs of addiction and making sure that there are more resources available to those struggling with Heroin addiction.

    • Hi Lorie. The training to administer Narcan is a response to treat overdoses but it is only part of the City of Cleveland’s plan to fight opioid and heroin addiction. Though Narcan won’t help us end the heroin epidemic, it will help us save lives and give people another chance for recovery. The City is taking a holistic approach, bringing together multiple public health and safety representatives to provide education, life-saving drugs, treatment and recover options.

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