The Nashville Fire Department reports an increase in usage of the life-saving drug, Narcan.
In a tweet Monday morning, the department said fire personnel administered Narcan to 170 patients during the month of July. That’s a staggering 113 percent increase when compared to this time last year.
July was another record breaking month for the @NashvilleFD when it comes to Narcan. Our personnel administered Narcan to 170 patients. That is a 113% INCREASE when compared to July 2017.
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) August 13, 2018
A box of Narcan contains two 4mg nasal sprays. One dose, or spray, is powerful enough to reverse the potentially deadly effects of opioids, like fentanyl, within minutes.
The National Safety Council has called for increased access to the drug after the recent overdose of singer Demi Lovato .