Dixon Fire to leave behind Narcan at overdose calls

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Dixon Fire Department will start leaving behind Narcan for all opioid related drug overdose victims who refuse medical treatment.

Dixon Fire has teamed up with the Safe Passage Initiative to combat drug overdose and opioid related deaths.

The change takes effect on Monday, August 12. First responders will start leaving behind Narcan, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, for victims who refuse medical treatment or transport.

In addition to Narcan, the department will leave behind information on the Safe Passage program, along with additional information on treatment for substance use.

"The Dixon Fire Department wants to help these individuals obtain the services available through Safe Passage," says Dixon Fire CHief Ryan Buskohl. "The availability of this life saving medication and accompanying resource lists will no doubt make a difference in someone’s road to recovery.”

As part of the Safe Passage program, the Dixon Police Department will engage in a Naloxone Plus program. Anyone who survives an opioid related drug overdose will contacted by the police department and offered services through Safe Passage.