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Wilmington firefighters supports WPD's push for overdose antidote

© As the Wilmington Police Department considers carrying a drug to fight overdoses, firefighters with the Wilmington Fire Department already carry naloxone to treat patients. © As the Wilmington Police Department considers carrying a drug to fight overdoses, firefighters with the Wilmington Fire Department already carry naloxone to treat patients.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - As the Wilmington Police Department considers carrying a drug to fight overdoses, firefighters with the Wilmington Fire Department already carry naloxone to treat patients.

WFD Training Officer Scott Rivenbark said firefighters with the WFD have been utilizing the antidote since 2011.

"In the last 12 months we have given 54 doses or used it 54 times all with successful results," Rivenbark said.

He supports the WPD's push to get the drug for its patrol officers to carry.

"If those guys, they get it, they get the training, they get approval, and they save one life with it. It's worth it," Rivenbark explained.

The WPD is currently waiting for its insurance provider to approve of officers carrying the drug.

Battlaion Chief Randy Burton said it's extremely important to take preventative measures with heroin to prevent the problem from spreading.

In the past three years, heroin arrests in Wilmington have increased each year according to crime statistics from the WPD.

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