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Kern County Fire adds medication to fire engines to help combat drug overdose deaths

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 19:14:48-05

Drug overdose deaths were the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. surpassing motor vehicle crashes, according to the FDA.

In response to these numbers, the Kern County Fire Department has added nasal naloxone to their fire engines. Naloxone, generic for Narcan, is a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

RELATED: KCSO develops Nasal Naloxone (Narcan) Progam in hopes of reducing opioid overdose deaths in KC

Opioid drugs include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and heroin.

When someone overdoses on an opioid, breathing may become shallow or stop, ultimately leading to death if there is no medical intervention. If naloxone is given quickly, it can counter the overdose effects within minutes and restore adequate breathing.