INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Dec. 15, 2015)- Narcan is saving lives in Indianapolis and IMPD officers are often times the ones administering the lifesaving dose.
IMPD officer Jaimie Guilfoy was recognized with the "Narcan lifesaver of the year" award, which is presented to the officer who annually gives the most Narcan doses in an overdose scenario.
Guilfoy has administered Narcan six times.
"I believe my first usage was the day after my training," said Guilfoy.
Narcan is used to reverse the effects of a heroin or opioid drug overdose. Officers often arrive at scenes before paramedics. This year, all IMPD officers were trained on how to use Narcan and all of them now carry it. Guilfoy and the southeast district were trained in April.
"It's important that if you have an individual there and you believe there is some kind of overdose going on that you have the capability of possibly saving a life," said Guilfoy.
There were 1,063 people given Narcan in 2014. In 2015, there have been 1,151 lifesaving doses administered in overdose situations. However, IEMS claims the numbers are not higher due to IMPD officers carrying Narcan.
IMPD will give out this award annually.