First Responders Talk About Dealing with Heroin Overdoses

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In just the last week, the Wheeling Fire Department says there were six or seven overdose calls.

Firefighter and paramedic Jacob Howard says they are seeing all kinds of people, old and young, poor and wealthy.

Jacob says Narcan has been used by paramedics for years, but now younger members on the force use it almost daily.

Paramedics are trained to give the Narcan slowly, to reduce the risk of someone being aggressive.

Firefighters say when they respond to an overdose call, they are with a family at one of the hardest times in their lives.

“Sad you know especially for us is when kids are involved who don’t have, who are living in this everyday,” Howard said.

The heroin problem is getting so bad in the region, that it is now being referred to as a public health crisis by some in the medical field.

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