Police have observed continued success in using Narcan to combat opioid-related overdoses since 2015, San Francisco police officials report.
Since 2015, the San Francisco Police Department has partnered with San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Harm Reduction Coalition’s Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) project, with the goal of reducing opioid-related overdoses.
A pilot program was launched when the partnership began, consisting in equipping police vehicles with naloxone hydrochloride kits, also known as Narcan.
With proper training, officers could administer Narcan and reverse the effects of opioid-related overdoses.
The program was expanded department-wide in 2017, and today all police vehicles are equipped with Narcan.
Narcan was successfully administered three times in 2015, 21 times in 2016, 28 times in 2017, 74 times in 2018, and 135 times in 2019. From the beginning of 2020 through July, Narcan was successfully administered 148 times.
According to police, there were 289 overdose deaths in 2018, 441 overdose deaths in 2019, and 516 overdose deaths from January to September 2020.
Narcan kits have demonstrated continued success in safeguarding lives and increasing overdose victims’ chance of survival.