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Opiate antidote a help in Quincy

IF THE experience of the Quincy Police Department and Norfolk County is any guide, Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to deploy Narcan in Boston police cruisers will save many lives (Mayor Walsh supports overdose antidote, Metro, Feb. 11). Narcan, which blocks opiate receptors in the brain long enough for an overdose victim to get to a hospital, has been used more than 200 times in Quincy since officers began carrying it in June 2010.

Quincy’s tremendous success has led to police in Stoughton and Norwood implementing the program this year. My office is working with Dr. Dan Muse at Brockton Hospital to make Narcan available to any Norfolk County police department that wants it in cruisers.

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Critics may be quick to point out that Narcan is not the answer to the addiction crisis. But it is clearly an answer to the crisis situation that police officers are consistently facing, what to do when they are the first to arrive at an overdose where seconds divide life and death.

The mayor deserves great credit for this step, and the full support of law enforcement and the public.

Michael W. Morrissey

Canton

The writer is Norfolk District Attorney.

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