Life-saving drug approved after heroin death

Submission Date: Oct 8, 2015
Attributing Author: Sam Strangeways
Source: The Royal Gazette (www.royalgazette.com)

A life-saving drug used to reverse heroin overdoses can now be administered by all emergency medical technicians in Bermuda .

Chris Spencer died in October 2012 after collapsing at home. The EMTs who attended the scene could not give Narcan, which can reverse heroin overdoses, because it could only be given intravenously after the approval of a doctor at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

A life-saving drug used to reverse heroin overdoses can now be administered by all emergency medical technicians in Bermuda without a doctor’s approval after hospital chiefs acted on a coroner’s recommendation.

Bermuda Hospitals Board has changed its policy on the use of Narcan, or Naloxone, in “certain crisis situations” after an inquest into the death of 25-year-old Christopher Spencer this year.

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