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“It’s Going To Save Lives” - Commissioners, District Attorney Office Participate in Narcotic Rescue Public Safety Rollout

February 13, 2015

Chief Coluzzi speaks during the Narcan Press ConferenceInside the office of Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi on Thursday, Feb. 12, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia joined County Chief of Prosecution Matthew Weintraub, local law enforcement officials and community partners to launch an important public safety initiative. During a media demonstration, Chief Coluzzi and Dr. Kenneth G. Lavelle of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital showed how trained first responders will be able to use Narcan (naloxone) to revive subjects who are in danger of severe health damage or death following an opioid overdose.

“If they don’t live, we have no chance (to get potential rehabilitation, recovery, etc.),” Dr. Lavelle stated. “This is not a panacea, but it addresses a major problem we have. Hopefully, when these kits are administered, they survive.”

Commissioners Loughery and Marseglia shaking hands with the Lower Makefield Officers as they are handed the Narcan doses. “It’s a great start,” Chief Coluzzi said of the effort, which brings together law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, the Bucks County Division of Human Services, the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. and Steps to Recovery.

Before officers from several Bucks County police departments took possession of the Narcan kits, Mr. Weintraub praised the public safety-driven cooperation of those involved. “Heroin kills. Narcan saves. This is a great, great collaboration between community and police. This day is long overdue. Now, when officers arrive, they are not powerless.”

Commissioner Loughery shakes hands with Lower Makefield Officers during the Narcan Press ConferenceFollowing Dr. Lavelle’s brief demonstration, uniformed police from Newtown Township, Yardley Borough, Morrisville Borough and Falls Township took possession of Narcan kits for use in the field. Commissioners Loughery and Marseglia shook their hands and thanked each officer. Other municipal police departments are in the process of becoming certified to administer the antidote. For more information, please read the Bucks County Naloxone Public Safety Initiative Fact Sheet.

Doses of Narcan during the press conference, before being handed out to Lower Makefield Police Officers who have been trained to save lives.