DIXON, Illinois – Usually when the Dixon Fire Department gets a call about a drug overdose, they’d treat them by giving them a dose of Narcan – a medication that reverses the effect of the drug. But, with the new “Leave Behind” program, they are giving overdose victims and their families an option to start treatment at home sooner.
“Overdoses happen, I mean people are addicted to it,” says Captain Jesse Arjes.
When firefighters respond to an overdose call, they can’t force the patient to accept treatment. In the “Leave Behind” program they leave a red bag behind that includes two doses of Narcan nasal spray, instructions for use, and referral information for treatment.