SF: Opioid antidote saved 12 lives since 2015

Since 2015, Narcan kits have saved the lives of 12 people in San Francisco suffering from overdoses of opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers, police announced Friday.

The work is collaboration between the police department and the Harm Reduction Coalition’s Drug Overdose Prevention and Education project.

Some police cars are equipped with Narcan, or Naloxone, and officers are trained to administer the antidote.

In at least three incidents, a person had shallow respiration or was unconscious. When officers administered Naloxone, the person woke up and was taken to a hospital.

Those three recovered and were released.