Jackson County first responders gifted opiate overdose antidotes

Updated: May. 31, 2018 at 9:05 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - On Thursday, first responders in Jackson County received a new tool that can help save a life in just seconds.

Alabama Sen. Steve Livingston and Alabama Rep. Tommy Hanes announced the drug naloxone was being handed out to all volunteer fire departments and rescue squads in the county.

It was made possible by Alabama Sen. Gerald Dial, who obtained $13 million worth of the drug that saves people who have overdosed on opiates.

First responders say they're often the first people who reach people on such medical calls.

"If you can get Narcan or naloxone to someone right as the overdose is beginning, then maybe you can reverse some of the effects of the opioid," said Victor Manning of Skyline Volunteer Fire Department.

"By the time they get them to a hospital or emergency facility it's too late, so this right here will save time and it will save lives," said Hanes.

Livingston said the new program has already saved three lives in the state.

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