Dauphin County Municipal Police Departments Report 37 Narcan Reversals Since October

February 12, 2018-  Municipal police departments in Dauphin County reversed opioid overdoses thirty seven times during the fourth quarter of 2017.  These overdoses were reversed utilizing narcan, a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids (heroin and prescription pain pills).  Dauphin County municipal police officers first started carrying narcan in October 2015.  The various municipal police departments receive narcan from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.  The narcan program is funded by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.  The fourth quarter number represents the highest reversal amount observed since the program’s inception.  The record total does not include reversals made by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Virtually every municipal police department in Dauphin County had a narcan reversal in the fourth quarter, thus evidencing the widespread nature of the problem.   

Dauphin County District Attorney Francis T. Chardo stated that, " We must continue to do all we can to creatively meet this crisis on multiple fronts.  Heroin and opiod sellers remain a great danger to the public safety.  We will continue to identify and charge the dealers who profit on the addiction and pain of others.  The narcan program on the other hand is designed to save lives by putting this life saving drug into the hands of police officers who are often the first people to respond to the scene of an overdose."   The narcan program is administered by Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky who prosecutes many of the heroin dealing and gun possession cases in the county.