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Sharon Police say Narcan could run short by July

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Four Sharon police officers were honored Thursday night with "Life Saving Awards" after reviving six people from drug overdoses in just ten days. 

"In the last 12 days we've had seven incidents where officers responded and used narcan and in six of those incidents we were able to save those lives. So there are six people here today because of these men over here," said Chief Gerald Smith. 

Smith expressed before the small crowd just how proud he is of his officers. But, as he formally recognized them for their life saving actions, he also shared concern for the hold heroin, fentanyl, even fentanyl laced with crack cocaine, has taken on the community.

"It's a good thing we're doing but at the rate we're doing this we're going to be out of donated narcan probably by the middle of July," said Smith.

Sharon officers just started using the opiate overdose reversal drug last month, and have saved six people in just ten days.

"It's a good feeling but, it's also a scary feeling because even though I just saved this guy, two weeks later I could be right back at his house doing it again," said Lt. Michael Albanese. 

Officers say the true life saving measure would be to get the addicts the help they need.

"Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don't make it, an overdose will take their life before they can get the help or get off whatever drugs they are on," said Patrolman Geoff Ballard.

Sharon Officers respond to 28-thousand calls each year. Overdoses are adding to the work load. And seconds matter.

"I don't want it to get to a point where they are so comfortable with the use of their drugs that they're relying on the police to come and save them," said Chief Smith. "Because it just takes one vehicle accident or one other major call that we may get there that minute or two later and we're not going to be ale to save them." 
 

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