Salt Lake City Fire Department is one of the first in the U.S. to give Naloxine kits to residents

Attention News Desk / Assignment Editors
Date / Time  Feb. 22, 2017
Location  Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City —  According to Salt Lake City Fire Department Division Chief Mike Fox, all Advance Life Support (ALS) Fire Engines in the department now carry leave-at-the-scene Naloxone kits for people at risk of overdose on heroine or opioids. The kits can also be left with families, or friends of those who are likely to overdose on heroine or opioids.According to Fox, Naloxone overdose kits can reverse the effects of an overdose and save lives. He says that Salt Lake City is one of the first Fire Departments in the country to distribute the kits to those who anticipate a need. The kits are a joint effort by Salt Lake City Fire Department and Utah Naloxone.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the State of Utah, with about 10 Utahans dying from overdose each week.

“It’s especially heartening to see families who are trying to support loved ones through recovery who are prepared to quickly help in an emergency,” Fox said. “The more we can train residents and get kits in the hands of those who can help, the better for everyone.”

According to Dr. Jennifer Plumb, an emergency room pediatrician in Utah who has used Naloxone many times to save people from an overdose, the kits are helpful for parents of addicts or recovering addicts; and they are helpful in households where opioids are present.

Plumb says that many overdoses are young children who’ve gotten into parents’ or grandparents’ pain medications. For several years Plumb has been giving out free naloxone rescue kits to people who call her, and she gives a short training on how to administer the naloxone.

Naloxine can also be purchased over-the-counter at many Utah pharmacies for about $50. For information or instructions, visit UtahNaloxone.org or call 385-495-9050.

For more information about the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s effort in supporting Naloxone education efforts, contact the department’s media hotline at 801-550-0121.