Florida Highway Patrol is joining the fight against opioid overdoses — state troopers will now be equipped with Narcan.
Narcan is a popular brand for the drug Naloxone, used to treat an overdose within seconds in emergency situations by reversing the effects.
Usually emergency responders and fire personnel carry the treatment when responding to emergencies. But now, FHP is carrying it due to opioid-related crashes.
Troopers in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River counties were issued Narcan in mid-January. Additional troopers across the state will also carry the drug by the end of February.
Narcan can reverse the effects of heroin, methadone, morphine, codeine, and other opioids.
While we don’t have a price tag on how much it costs for the department to carry this additional tool, the cost of Narcan nasal spray is $75 per carton — which is two 4mg doses — for qualified purchasers like first responders.
The drug is also available at stores like Walgreens and CVS as of October 2017 in most states. The over-the-counter price is around $125 for two doses.