Eight counties have been chosen to participate in a pilot program run by the Maryland Department of Health that would allow emergency medical services (EMS) providers to distribute Narcan to overdose victims who refuse transport to a hospital.
EMS World reports:
“It’s technically viewed as distribution of a medication, which, prior to this, was not an approved, authorized activity for them to do,” Brookmyer told the group of 17 heroin consortium members, including County Executive Jan Gardner, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and others.
Referred to as the “leave behind” program, the new initiative serves as an added “harm reduction” tool to help first responders keep people alive and increase their chances to seek addiction recovery, said Tom Owens, the county’s fire and rescue chief.
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