LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty’s Office is now equipped with a new anti-overdose drug that could potentially save lives in abuse scenarios involving heroin or other opioids, like fentanyl.
“With heroin it’s a mixture of things,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “People will cut it down with fentanyl, which by now everyone knows can be lethal, and most times is lethal. It’s a dangerous, dangerous drug, and I would urge anybody who’s addicted to get help.”
The County Health Department says there have been 13 heroin-related deaths in Livingston County in 2014, up from 9 last year.
The May 2014 death of SUNY Geneseo student, lacrosse player, and fraternity brother Alex Davis, 20, was ruled to be caused by a deadly combination of cocaine and fentanyl in November.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, mixing fentanyl with street-sold heroin or cocaine markedly amplifies their potency and potential dangers. Effects include: euphoria, drowsiness with respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, unconsciousness, coma, tolerance, and addiction.
This training initiative came free as part of an initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which continues to offer free training in the use of Naloxone for all first responders and residents of New York State by Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
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