The Peoria Fire Department will be fighting drug overdoses with a new program.
First responders now have the option of leaving a drug overdose kit in a home after treating an overdose patient. Beginning tomorrow, firefighters will now be able to give families a red bag filled with two doses of narcan and instructions on how to use it. This comes after more than 120 people needed the narcan in 20-18.
“It is a game changer, because it allows us to go to the scene instead of having to have them to go to where they can get narcan, whether it be in a fire station, the human service center, or the Jule Foundation,” said Battalion Chief of EMS, Roland Tenley.
Officials say the program starts as early as tomorrow. They say right now, the Peoria Fire Department is the only one in the area certified to distribute the narcan overdose kits.