CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Beginning Friday, all Chicopee police cruisers and emergency medical bags will be equipped with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News in the past, naloxone has only been carried by emergency medical technicians working for the Chicopee Fire Department.
“Now that all officers have been trained in the administering of and usage of naloxone, we will be able to administer this life saving drug upon arriving at the scene of an overdose,” Wilk said.
Wilk told 22News the police department also plans on putting naloxone in their unmarked police cars and giving some to the city’s school resource officers.
Chicopee Police Officer Ryan Romano has been carrying naloxone for his police dog Kane since last summer. He and Kane attended a training session last fall with other police dog units from around western Massachusetts at the VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital.
The group of officers were taught how to properly administer naloxone to their police dogs in case their partners ingested opioids during a drug raid or search.