At present, police officers are automatically called out when paramedics attend incidents where people have overdosed
Minutes after the University of Maryland basketball player overdosed
on cocaine, he developed an erratic, uncontrollable heartbeat.
22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital BlueCross today announced that the company is providing funding to enable municipal police departments in its service area to purchase and carry naloxone, a prescription drug that can help save the life of a person who has overdosed
on prescription painkillers or heroin.
Sixty-nine of those cases involved illegal drugs, while four patients overdosed
on prescription medications.
Ralph Young, 40, who died of a heroin overdose, was buried on Friday, and four months ago, David Wilson, 17, overdosed
on the drug.
According to experts, many overdose deaths can be prevented with quick and appropriate medical treatment, but fear of arrest and prosecution may prevent people who overdose, witness an overdose or are with someone who has overdosed
from calling 911.