Wildwood firefighters trained to administer naloxone

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WILDWOOD – Wildwood City firefighters and EMS were trained to administer naloxone, the heroin overdose antidote, and were the first fire and EMS agency in Cape May County to be trained, Chief Daniel Speigel said.
“With the number of overdoses increasing in the state of New Jersey and Cape May County, we wanted to be on the leading edge of having our members trained to help individuals suffering from this terrible addiction,” Speigel said in a statement this week.

City firefighters and EMS were trained on April 12 by Dr. Kenneth Lavelle, the department’s medical director. Once the medication is ordered and packed on ambulances, firefighters will being using it on overdose patients, according to Speigel.

He said that firefighters were previously unable to administer naloxone, until March 20, when the New Jersey State Department of Health approved licensed emergency medical technicians to administer it.

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