Police officers to carry drug that reverses heroin overdoses

By Amy Cherry 2:46pm, August 4, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with a father who lost his son, Greg Humes (pictured above) to a heroin overdose and a mother who's daughter is a recovering heroin addict about a new law that allows police officers to carry a heroin overdose antidote.
Paramedics will no longer be the only first responders carrying a powerful antidote that can reverse heroin overdoses and save lives.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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If Narcan (also know as Naloxone), a heroin overdose treatment had been more readily accessible, Dave Humes' son Greg would likely be alive today.

"It's something that was avoidable. He had been clean for close to 17 months," said Humes.

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Humes' son was 24 when he fatally overdosed on heroin two years ago at a party.

"They literally picked him up, put him in his own vehicle, drove him to the hospital, left him in the parking lot; they didn't ring the bell, they didn't honk the horn. They didn't leave the premises and call 911. By the time, he was discovered, it was too late," said Humes.

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Diann Jones' family also suffers with the throes of addiction. Her daughter Nicole is a recovering heroin addict.

"It tears families apart," said Jones.

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Now under a new law, police officers, who are often first responders, can carry Narcan--giving them another tool to fight back against heroin, a growing epidemic in Delaware.

"It's what makes us get up in the morning that we can turn this into something positive," Humes said.

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Jones is forever grateful that her younger daughters will get to know their older sister.

"I'm so thankful for giving our family a chance to put our lives back together," she said.

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