Shaheen Is Briefed by First Responders in Hampton on Use of Naloxone

Participates in demonstration on how to administer life-saving drug to someone experiencing an opioid overdose

November 13, 2015

 Senator Shaheen participates in a demonstration on how Naloxone is administered.

Senator Shaheen participates in a demonstration on how Naloxone is administered.

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Hampton Fire & Police officials brief Senator Shaheen on Nalaxone use in Hampton.

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(Hampton, NH) – At the Hampton Fire Station today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was briefed by first responders on the heroin epidemic and their efforts to quickly administer the life-saving drug naloxone to individuals experiencing an overdose from an opioid like heroin or fentanyl. Participants in today’s briefing included Hampton Fire Chief Jamie Ayotte, EMS Officer Nathan Denio, and paramedic Craig Jordan, as well as Hampton Police Chief Rich Sawyer and Deputy Police Chief David Hobbs. Following the briefing, Senator Shaheen participated in a demonstration of Naloxone, which is sold under the trade name Narcan, being administered.      

“Our first responders in Hampton and around the state are doing an extraordinary job of quickly getting Naloxone to individuals experiencing an overdose,” said Shaheen. “Naloxone has proven to be an indispensable tool in saving lives from heroin and opioid abuse. It’s important that Granite Staters are aware of its importance and the efforts of our first responders to get this drug to those who need it before it’s too late.”

Shaheen has made addressing New Hampshire’s heroin and opioid addiction epidemic a top priority in the Senate.  Earlier this month, Senator Shaheen sent a letter to Senate appropriators calling for more resources to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic and pointed to must-pass government funding legislation as a critical opportunity to provide more support to states like New Hampshire.

Senator Shaheen also recently introduced legislation to help the state police forensic lab in New Hampshire and other labs across the country that are experiencing a backlog of seized drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, that require lab identification. Senator Shaheen’s legislation would authorize $10 million per year through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to be used for police forensic lab staff, equipment, and overtime.