FDNY To Start Leaving Naloxone Doses With Patients

August 31, 2018 - 7:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- FDNY paramedics who treat opioid overdoses with the antidote naloxone will start leaving another dose of the drug behind.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that starting Friday, all Emergency Medical Services workers who revive opioid overdose patients will leave a personal naloxone kit with the patients or their family members.

The kit will be offered to a patient on the way to the hospital or will be left at the scene of the overdose if the patient refuses further medical attention.

Each kit includes naloxone nasal spray – known by brand name as Narcan – along with rubber gloves, alcohol wipes and literature about the risks of opioid overdose.

The FDNY, which includes the EMS, treats 5,000 suspected opioid overdose patients every year.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)