Another cause for concern is how the drugs incapacitate users. Costantino said paramedics are using multiple doses of the antidote Narcan to revive people.
“Basically, we are giving Narcan out like there is no tomorrow,” said Herb de la Porte, vice president of LifeCare Ambulance. “We gave Narcan 14 times in a six-hour window yesterday. It’s very bad out there.”
De la Porte said fentanyl is not a new drug nor is its use with heroin new, but the increased potency of the drugs require quick action to save users. Opioid drugs stop a person from breathing. Narcan is a great antidote to revive patients, but paramedics still have to do the work of breathing for people until they are conscious.
“This stuff is very potent,” de la Porte said. “The higher the potency, the more Narcan needed.”
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