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    I don't know how I feel about this. This topic came up in another forum some time ago, and the issue brought up was that cops used it routinely on the same OD perps over and over again. At some point,isn't enough enough? I think there's a difference between a cop saving someone from a burning car and administering narcan to the same guy many times over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    There seems to be a controversy over Narcan the overdose antidote drug, some Police are carrying it and many are not and will not.

    Many Deputies in fla are carrying it and this am in the local paper a deputy saved someones life with Narcan in the early am hours.

    Some depts are taking the stance that Police Officers are not trained medical personell and if someone where to be adversely affected by the drug theres liability. Thats true lawyers love to sue local govts.

    I personally have no firm stance on this, I was wondering what other forum members thought.
    In the New Orleans area cops typically would do nothing medical except make sure an ambulance was on the way.

    States could pass laws shielding cops from liability for rendering aid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    States could pass laws shielding cops from liability for rendering aid.
    Absolutely, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    Roadmaster it doesnt work like that, nothing is up to individual officers, officers dont pick and choose what they are going to do and what they are not. They do what they are told to do in writing by their superiors who in turn follow the laws.

    If Police in a dept or deputies are going to be ordered to carry narcan, ALL of them will carry narcan.
    There have been situations in the past with bigger depts PBA and FOPS bringing their dept to court to stop and order than adamantly disagree with.
    Then I am against it. They didn't go into the medical field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODB View Post
    Is the cost of providing Narcan 'reasonable'? Or a completely wasted expense that only benefit the dregs of society?



    Ok, given the officer's altruistic value system that's a reasonable viewpoint.
    Narcan only became popularily known and handed out after middle and upper class kids and adults started dying from opiods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    There seems to be a controversy over Narcan the overdose antidote drug, some Police are carrying it and many are not and will not.

    Many Deputies in fla are carrying it and this am in the local paper a deputy saved someones life with Narcan in the early am hours.

    Some depts are taking the stance that Police Officers are not trained medical personell and if someone where to be adversely affected by the drug theres liability. Thats true lawyers love to sue local govts.

    I personally have no firm stance on this, I was wondering what other forum members thought.
    As a former Deputy Sheriff, I have no problem with it as long as they are adequately trained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODB View Post
    I don't know why it's the officer's job to save someone from themself in the capacity of ODing on an illegal substance.
    Sometimes their job is to protect one from oneself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadmaster View Post
    Then I am against it. They didn't go into the medical field.
    It's important to remember that the jobs have evolved over the years; some medical work that was traditionally performed by medical personnel are now being done more and more by first responders because in many cases, time is critical for survival of those in need of aid. There is no greater cause for concern and/or bad PR when the fire or police arrive on the scene first and just stand around looking dumbfounded at the patient who may be close to death and doing nothing to help the patient out.
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    That is what ambulances are for, people who are trained to do this. They should be required to have this on hand. Next they will want officers performing surgery beside the road. Where is it going to end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    ...If Police in a dept or deputies are going to be ordered to carry narcan, ALL of them will carry narcan.....
    That's not necessarily true. Often times certain officers are trained and qualified to do different things.

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