Narcan gives rescuers a fighting chance

• EDITOR’S NOTE: Pennsylvania is at the epicenter of the deadliest drug epidemic in history. Following is one in a periodic series of stories about opioids by journalists around the state spotlighting community support, outreach, care and prevention. All are about hope.

MEDIA — In 2014, when Pennsylvania legislators first passed the law allowing police officers and other first responders to carry Narcan, the overdose-rescue drug, Delaware County’s officers were already trained and ready to begin using it.

By the end of the program’s first month, an officer in Ridley Township was the first in the state to save someone with a dose of Narcan. In the last four years, officers in this suburban Philadelphia county have revived more than 1,000 people.