Watertown Implements Narcan Distribution Program
Watertown Police Department – Multiple health and public service departments in Watertown are continuing to battle the opioid epidemic that has been affecting Watertown. So far in 2016, there have been nearly 30 drug overdoses, three of those resulting in death.
The Watertown Police Department is working with the Fire Department, the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, and Watertown Access to Treatment, Education, and Resources (W.A.T.E.R.town) to provide its citizens with the anti-overdose drug, Narcan, free of charge. Funding for this program comes courtesy of the Watertown Community Foundation.
Although this is a new program, Narcan has been in use in the community since 2014 when the Watertown Fire Department began carrying it. In 2015, Watertown Police officers began carrying Narcan as well.
Watertown Weekly News spoke with Watertown Police Lieutenant Dan Unsworth about this new program and how residents can use its services.
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Story by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Filmed on May 19, 2016