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Hertfordshire latest force to trial Naloxone nasal spray

Hertfordshire are joining other forces in using the potentially life-saving nasal spray.

The force are beginning a six month trial to equip officers with Naloxone nasal sprays which are administered when someone is suffering from a suspected opiate overdose.

The spray temporarily reverses the effects of the drug and could save someone’s life.

100 trained response drivers from Intervention, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Op Scorpion (proactive unit that targets burglars, robbers and those involved in drug and vehicle crime) have volunteered to take part.

They have received specialist training through the charity Change Grow Live.

T/Chief Inspector Jason Keane, who is overseeing the project, said: “These small nasal sprays are just another tool in our trauma kit to help us when responding to an emergency incident and in cases where we arrive at the scene before the ambulance service.

“The reversal effects are temporary so do not negate the requirement for an ambulance as further medical treatment will be required. The ambulance service will also continue to provide their highest level of response to these types of incidents.

“Reassuringly there are no side effects if the nasal spray is administered to someone who officers believe is suffering an opiate overdose, but it later transpires is experiencing a different medical condition.”

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