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Saving lives in North Catasauqua

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by mark reccek Special to The Press in Local News

Borough council members discuss use of death-defying drug by officials

North Catasauqua Borough in the future may consider arming its first responders with the life-saving drug Narcan.

Council President Peter Paone shared with council at its Aug. 9 meeting he recently witnessed an individual at the Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park in Northampton revived because of first responders administering the drug.

“I got to witness someone being brought back to life because of Narcan,” Paone said. “I’d say it hit a little close to home for me.”

The drug, also known as Naloxone, is administered in a nasal mist to stop the deadly progression of codeine, morphine, heroin and pain medication overdoses.

Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian distributed a draft of a resolution to council and staff for the supply and administration of Narcan.

According to Goudsouzian, Northampton County has a program whereby funds are available to individual municipalities to gain access to Narcan.

The municipality, Goudsouzian noted, is responsible for ensuring someone is certified to administer the drug.

While there are administrative costs, Goudsouzian said, “It’s a resource out there.”

Borough Emergency Management Assistant Director Roger Scheirer said the effects of the drug kick in immediately.

“You have to be upon an overdose quickly,” he added.

“It’s a scary thing,” Councilman Billy Duch said of the rise of drug overdoses in the area.

“I got to witness someone being brought back to life because of Narcan.”

Peter Paone

Borough council


Councilwoman Michele Hazzard suggested the borough seek input from the police officers about the drug.

The council agreed to look further into the possibility of tapping into the county program to supply Narcan.

Also during the meeting, Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt reported on the recreation committee’s family night held Aug. 8 at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.

“It was just awesome,” she said. “Everyone seemed like they had a really nice time.”

Gebhardt said Marc Hillenbrand, owner of Marc’s Auto, donated money to offset the costs for the ice cream sundaes.