NYC announces plan to improve emergency opioid response
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City 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 along with rubber gloves, alcohol wipes and literature about the risks of opioid overdose.
The city Fire Department, which includes the EMS, treats 5,000 suspected opioid overdose patients every year.