For the first time in 30 years, opioid overdose deaths are down. Health officials and first responders say they know why as they point to one critical tool saving more lives.
Benjamin Rohde remembers one of his first calls as a first responder. He said when his crew entered the home, drug paraphernalia was on the table. The patient, blue in the face, was unconscious and has not been breathing for a while. To save the patient’s life, the next step was obvious.
“We need to get Narcan on board to get this patient breathing again,” Rohde said. “The patient started breathing on his own again and we were actually able to get him to the hospital and we were able to save his life.”