More Hampden County first responders will soon be carrying the overdose reversal drug naloxone thanks to a new partnership.
The Hampden District Attorney’s Office has teamed up with Baystate Health, Trinity Health, and the Center for Human Development. They’re providing $70,000 to cover the drug costs.
When a participating police and fire department runs low on naloxone—also known by the brand name Narcan—they’ll be able to go to Baystate’s pharmacy and pick up the desired doses.
“As we’re losing people each and every day in this Commonwealth to overdose, we think it’s preventable,” Hampden County D.A. Anthony Gulluni told 22News. “And providing this Narcan is going to literally save lives and give those people a chance at recovery.”
The participating departments include police and fire in Springfield, Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Agawam, Wilbraham, Granville, West Springfield, Ludlow, and Southwick.