PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Peoria firefighters and paramedics are now leaving an overdose reversal drug at homes where overdoses happened.
Peoria Fire Department Assistant Chief Tony Ardis announced the Narcan “Leave Behind Program.” Beginning in Februrary, the fire department will leave two, 4 milligram doses of Narcan and directions on how to get help for substance abuse for families.
The Peoria Fire Department provided 294 doses of Narcan to 233 patients in 2017, and 160 doses for 122 patients in 2018.
The program is supported by the Human Service Center and Illinois Department of Human Services, as well as a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.
Ardis said Pittsburgh, Tacoma, Wash., and New York’s fire departments also participate in the program.