City exceeds 2016 Narcan patient total in first six months of 2017

A dose of Narcan. Bill Lackey/Staff
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A dose of Narcan. Bill Lackey/Staff

The Kettering police department is reporting that they’ve already exceeded 2016’s Narcan patient total.

According to a post from the department’s Facebook page, from January to June of this year, 104 patients were administered Narcan.

Narcan is a brand of the medication, Naloxone, which is used to reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug, such as prescription pain medications or heroin.

From January to June of 2016, 49 patients were administered Narcan, with 103 total patients for all of last year.

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In 2016, 103 dosages of Narcan were used to try to revive those experiencing an overdose.

By June, over 170 dosages of Narcan have been used in the same capacity, according to Kettering Fire Chief Tom Butts said.

Butts said it’s important to know that the number of doses administered and the number of patients may not appear to match up because some patients require more doses for revival.

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