In seven months, C.R. police Narcan program saves three lives

CEDAR RAPIDS — In an effort to curb fatal opioid overdoses and protect first responders, the Cedar Rapids Police Department opted in September to equip its officers with Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug that often is administered through the nose.

The department spent $3,600 on 96 doses of Narcan, according to public safety spokesman Greg Buelow, who added the money came out of a portion of the department’s operating budget that is earmarked for medical supplies.

Buelow said the Narcan is in medical kits officers carry when on duty. When officers go on shift, they can check out the medical equipment. At the end of their shift, officers return the supplies to the department.