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Opinion

March 27, 2014

Our view: Helping first responders save lives

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The drug has also been found to be mixed with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate, making it even more deadly to those who abuse it.

We agree that administering naloxone — better known by its trade name, Narcan — is not the only approach to stemming the tide of heroin abuse. More needs to be done to stem the flow of drugs into the region and to treat those in the throes of addiction.

Those who fall victim to the drug, however, shouldn’t be left to die when there is a readily available treatment.

Chris Herren, the former Boston College basketball star who played briefly with the Celtics, credits the drug with saving his life after an overdose. Today, Herren speaks regularly on the North Shore and around the state as the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit that helps addicts and their families.

The primary job of our first responders is to save lives. Naloxone helps them do just that.

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