Learning About the Vital Role of First Responders and Narcan

The simplest sayings can sometimes canvass the most complex concepts. For example, Police Officer Eric Miller of the Marple Township Police Department succinctly captured the troubling dichotomy of addiction in American, “Every knows someone with an addiction, but no one’s talking about it.”

Miller was an effective and affable in that he helped humanize the perspective of police in emergency situations regarding addiction. The modern officer is often on the front lines of the overdose epidemic, so it was compelling to hear from Miller’s experiences in educational advocacy and being on the scene amid overdose scenarios. Miller is an example of an officer fostering realistic dialogue about the culture of addiction and recovery.

With an eye on teaching our class about the realities of first responders, Miller was joined by Ian Stoddart, a paramedic for 30 years in the Narberth area, and Chas Carlson, an EMT in Montgomery County for the past six years. Stoddart’s perspective over a long career in the field was enlightening given his familiarity with Narcan (naloxone) and how politics and logistics have influenced the availability and education surrounding the drug. I’m sure there are strong content angles for our project to consider with regards to Narcan.

We hear so much about the macro view of addiction; big data and the social justice paradigm, thus it proved impressive to learn about the immediate, on-scene experiences of overdose.

About the author

Jim McCormick

For the past decade, Jim McCormick has worked as an analyst covering the NFL and NBA for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a regular panelist for The Washington Post’s online NFL platform, The League. In addition to written content for The League, Jim conceived and produced the interview podcast series, “Behind the Helmet.” From 2011-2012, Jim was the lead high school football editor for ESPN.com. Jim also served as an editor and co-publisher of the nationally distributed BLITZ Magazine from 2006 to 2010 in what was a broad learning experience as a media entrepreneur. Contact Jim at tua60748@temple.edu.

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By Jim McCormick