Hwang calls press conference on opiate abuse

Fairfield police, firefighters to join talk on Narcan

State Rep. Tony Hwang along with Fairfield Fire and Police Departments will hold an informational press conference on the use of Naloxone by 1st responders in combating Heroin and opiate overdose.

The press conference will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Fire Department, 140 Reef Road. The Connecticut EMS Medical Advisory Committee and the Commissioner of Public Health and CT EMS Provider scope of practice has given approval for trained emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, and advanced emergency medical techniciansl to use Naloxone by Connecticut EMS providers.

Hwang said he worked at the behest of Fairfield 1st responderswith the Dept. of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen, legislative and medical advisors to allow all trained first responders to carry Naloxone – commonly known as Narcan, a non-addictive drug that binds to and blocks opiate receptors, temporarily reversing the effects of heroin overdose. Under currentstate statute and regulations, only paramedics are authorized to carry Narcan, limiting what he a critical tool for Fire and Police 1st responders in saving lives.

Two hundred fifty-seven people in Connecticut died from heroin-related overdoses last year, up from 174 in 2012, according to the state’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office.

Hwang is running for the State Senate seat in the 28th District being vacated by John McKinney as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor.

Democrat Kevin Coyner, running for state Representative in the 132nd District, earlier announced a panel discussion on heroin addiction and the use of narcan to be held at the Fairfield Library Thursday at 7 p.m.

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