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Butte first responders begin to carry a drug that reverses opioid overdoses

Last month, Kahl Clark, EMS coordinator for the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department, used a mannequin to demonstrate how naloxone can be used to stop a person from overdosing on opioids. 

Two Butte Silver-Bow firefighters successfully resuscitated a woman thought to be experiencing an opioid overdose early Tuesday morning with a new prescription drug they began using less than a month ago.

According to the city fire department’s EMS coordinator, Kahl Clark, the woman was not breathing properly and had a low pulse when two firefighters reached her around 1 a.m. The fire captain and firefighter gave the woman naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug they began carrying a few weeks ago in nasal-spray form.

Once firefighters used a dose of the nasal spray, Clark said, the woman started to come around. After a few minutes of assisting ventilation, the firefighters gave her a second dose. She then began to regain consciousness and was transported to St. James Healthcare.

Clark said it was a positive outcome for the Butte Silver Bow Fire Department, its first successful attempt to save someone with the naloxone nasal spray.

“It was nice to be able to help on the scene instead of transferring the problem to someone else,” Clark said.

The fire captain and firefighter who administered the drug did not want to be interviewed.

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