PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A report has found that an overdose reversal drug was among the most common medications administered by Providence firefighters last year.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2tf1tXr ) that naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, was administered almost 800 times by city firefighters in 2016, according an annual report published by the Providence Fire Department.

The news station reports that the drug passed aspirin on a list of the most common medications administered by firefighters that year, and is surpassed only by normal saline and oxygen.

The report says naloxone was used in 8.25 percent of the 9,620 incidents where medication was needed last year.

Acting Rescue Chief Zachariah Kenyon says opioid-related overdoses have been “consistently high for the last couple of years” in Providence.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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