Philly City Council members get Narcan training

Pat Loeb
February 05, 2019 - 3:55 pm
It's a sign of the times: Philadelphia City Council members and their staffs received training Tuesday on how to administer the overdose-reducing drug Narcan.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a sign of the times: Philadelphia City Council members and their staffs received training Tuesday on how to administer the overdose-reducing drug Narcan. 

Councilwoman Cindy Bass organized the training after hearing about a fatal overdose in Dilworth Park, steps from City Hall's entrance where employees pass many times daily. 

"You never know when you could be in a circumstance where you could save someone's life," Bass said. 

It's sadly true, in a city where an estimated 70,000 people use opioids daily. 

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The training included tips to be sure the apparent victim is actually overdosing and not just in a deep high.

"You can literally tell the person I'm about to give you Narcan and that might be the thing to wake them, because by hearing that you're going to give them Narcan can make them feel like, 'I don't want my high to be ruined so I'm going to wake up and move,'" Bass explained. 

Councilman Mark Squilla watched with interest, saying he hopes he never has to use it. 

"But the way the epidemic is here in Philadelphia, the chances are very high that we'll probably need to use it," Squilla added. 

Every participant left with a dose of Narcan. 

Bass says she'd like to see local businesses follow city council's lead.