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New Hampshire Eases Rules for Giving Anti-Overdose Drug Narcan

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    New Hampshire Eases Rules for Giving Anti-Overdose Drug Narcan
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    A woman holds up a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan -- a nasal spray used as an antidote for opiate drug overdoses.

    New Hampshire Department of Safety officials are offering police officers an 8-hour training course so they can administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin and other opioids.

    Officials said Thursday that the state has seen a spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and Narcan use doubled in 2014 over the previous year.

    Until now, only EMTs with 100 hours of training could administer Naloxone - better known by its trademark Narcan - to counter opioid overdoses.

    Officials said the training course is voluntary and includes first aid and CPR as well as a Narcan-specific component on how to administer the nasal spray antidote and monitor an overdose victim's reactions.

    State fire and emergency services officials said the training program is available immediately. 

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