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    Fire Department trained on heroin-overdose treatment

    The Fire Department was recently trained and equipped to administer nasal Narcan. The brand name for naloxone, Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opiates. The city partnered with the Cambridge Health Alliance and Cataldo Ambulance on the initiative. Cataldo, Everett’s ambulance provider, is also carrying Narcan on its vehicles in the city. The Cambridge Health Alliance, whose network includes Whidden Hospital, is providing medical oversight for the Fire Department’s Narcan program, and Cataldo trained the fire personnel. Everett joins a number of local communities that have been equipping their police or fire departments with Narcan as one response to the statewide surge in opiate overdoses. “Drug abuse and the possibility of overdose are a reality in every community,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria said in a prepared statement. “In Everett we remain committed to the health and safety of all our residents. That is why equipping our emergency personnel with a tool like Narcan is such an important step. This product has proven its ability to save lives.”


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