Utilizing a Massachusetts Department of Public Health grant, the Pittsfield Fire Department is now equipped with Naloxone (Narcan) to be used for the field administration to victims of opioid overdoses.

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski reports that the Pittsfield Fire Department has issued nasal Naloxone to all of its engine companies.

Marketed under the trade name Narcan, the drug is an opioid antagonist that quickly reverses the effects of a potentially fatal overdose by displacing the drug from the receptors in the brain.

It has minimal side effects, is not dangerous if administered to a person who is not overdosing, and it has no potential for abuse.

Now when the fire department responds to a person who has overdosed on heroin, they will immediately administer nasal Narcan. All Pittsfield firefighters were trained in-house by Fire Department Captains Stanley Caesar and Neil Myers.