On Tuesday, acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood ordered that each marked police cruiser carry two doses of the drug, Narcan, also known as naloxone.
“Naloxone is a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses,” explained Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh.
On Wednesday night, just one day after they started carrying it, Springfield Police officers used the drug on two people in separate overdose situations; reviving them and potentially saving their lives, according to Walsh.
“Often times, police officers are the first ones on the scene, so for them now to be able to carry this, we’re seeing results day two,” said Walsh.
The first overdose happened on Longhill Street around 8:15 P.M. The second was about 8:51 P.M., on Brightwood Avenue.
One Springfield man told 22News, he’s happy that the department is now carrying Narcan.
“I think it’s helpful in a situation to help out someone that might be in distress,” said Tomothy Godbolt. “Police are here to protect and serve. Let them serve.”
Springfield firefighters have carried the drug on their trucks since May.