NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN) — In Nogales, firefighters are tackling the opioid epidemic. It is one thing Fireplace Marshal Jeff Polcari stated is a rising drawback within the border group.
“It looks as if the supply is there now, sadly. So we do see it extra prevalent now than it was when it first began,” he stated.
He stated this yr firefighters have responded to 6 overdoses.
“It looks as if with COVID additionally, we have began seeing folks include melancholy. Now that develop into extra are remoted, simply the group as a complete. That is why I feel it is likely to be extra prevalent,” stated Polcari.
When first responders arrive, they use remedy to goal to reverse the results of the overdose known as Naloxone—higher generally known as Narcan.
“I imply it could occur to households, it could occur to folks we all know, particularly being in a small city. That is what makes it tough. Folks do die from this. I feel there’s complacency with how severe opiate medicine could be and the implications of utilizing them,” he defined.
As first responders proceed to see the epidemic unfold, they’re making it out there to everybody at no cost because of a grant the hearth division acquired from the State of Arizona.
All residents must do is choose it up from one of many Nogales fireplace stations.
- 777 North Grand Avenue
- 2751 North Grand Avenue
“[We’re] not making an attempt to get them in hassle. It is making an attempt to get the drugs to assist them in the event that they do have an overdose,” stated Polcari.
It doesn’t cease there, firefighters will assist residents get the assistance they want.
“The issue is that is kinda a brief repair. , the purpose shall be, have any individual give that counseling that rehab, to get them off of it,” he defined.