SPRINGFIELD — Fire Commissioner Bernard J. Calvi went to Baystate Medical Center Friday to make the first Narcan pickup as part of a countywide initiative that provides the anti-overdose drug free of charge to first responders.
The Hampden County Municipal First Responder Narcan Initiative is sponsored by Baystate Health, Trinity Health, the Center for Human Development and the Hampden district attorney’s office.
The various partners have established a $70,000 fund to pay for the drug, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Calvi picked up 25 doses of the drug at the hospital pharmacy.
“This a great day,” Calvi said. “This is a great partnership between everybody and it will help the community to get the medicine to the people that really need it.”
City firefighters have been fully trained and have been operating with Narcan for the past year, Calvi said. Up until now, however, the cost of the drug — about $45 a dose — has come out of the city budget.
The 25 doses, Calvi said, will probably last until the summertime. The drug is deployed on all fire vehicles.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the initiative will help save lives — and families.
“We are really saving a family, saving a person and giving somebody that chance at long-term recovery,” Gulluni said.
Story by George Graham, appeared on masslive.com on February 6, 2019: https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/02/springfield-fire-department-makes-first-narcan-pickup-as-part-of-countywide-initiative.html