Administering Narcan on the force

Narbeth Ambulance workers Chas Carlson and Ian Stoddart were joined by Eric Miller, a police officer in the Marple Police Department, to discuss responding to 911 calls and administering Narcan.

Stoddart said he saw his role in administering Narcan as part of a cycle of addiction perpetuated within the medical world. He said a patient is prescribed opioids, goes back to doctor to fulfill that prescription, finds that it is too expensive and starts using heroin, overdoses, gets administered Narcan with the lack of proper follow-up care and continues to use. His comprehensive approach showed me that despite a drug like naloxone saving lives, there can still be systematic issues that need to be addressed. Overdoses are a symptom of the larger issue.

I was also really interested in what Miller had to say about the Good Samaritan laws and, particularly, dropping charges for people in court if they agreed to go to some form of treatment. He said that charges will be dropped against a person if they are admitted to and sustain treatment in a form that the judge sees as effective. I would love to get more information about what types of treatments those are and how the funding process works, if there is one.

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Grace Shallow

Grace Shallow is a sophomore journalism student at Temple University in Philadelphia. On paper, she is the deputy features editor for The Temple News, an intern for WHYY’s PlanPhilly and a contributor for the Spirit News with previous work at her hometown’s paper, Cinn City News. Contact Grace at

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