Akron police used Narcan to save two overdosing on opiates

A box of the opioid antidote Naloxone, also known as Narcan, sits on display during a family addiction support group on March 23, 2016 in Groton, CT. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A box of the opioid antidote Naloxone, also known as Narcan, sits on display during a family addiction support group on March 23, 2016 in Groton, CT. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

AKRON, Ohio– Akron police officers saved two people suspected of overdosing on opiates Tuesday afternoon.

The Akron Police Department started training officers on how to use Narcan nasal spray to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose last week. Kits were placed in all district patrol cars.

At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers revived a 55-year-old man on 16th Street SW. About an hour later, patrol officers used Narcan on a 26-year-old man on Roswell Street, the city of Akron said. Both men were suspected of overdosing on opiates.

“As we continue to strengthen programs and services available to opiate-addicted individuals within the city and county, we will make it a priority to save lives and rehabilitate, while also educating our city’s younger generations and eventually ending this cycle of opiate abuse,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release on Thursday.

The Summit County Public Health Department supplied the kits and training.