CPD officers now left to buy Narcan supplies on their own

WARNING: The video might be difficult for some to watch.
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 8:37 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police officers used to be given Narcan by the department, but that is no longer the case.

According to Cincinnati Police, officers are no longer being supplied Narcan because what they were originally given expired during the pandemic.

FOP President Dan Hils says he’s not shocked officers aren’t being issued Narcan anymore, but he says he would like to see every officer with it again in the future.

“Obviously, it would be beneficial if we could be issued it again,” Hils said. “I helped give Narcan when I was out on the streets. It wasn’t something we did a lot because normally we depend on fire to get there with us or before us, but it has happened.”

However, Cincinnati police said some officers buy it on their own.

Two officers who do buy their own Narcan supplies responded to a call recently that required it.

In a video shared by the Cincinnati Police Department, two officers, Timothy Pappas and Alexander McCoy, responded to a check welfare call.

A mother and sister told the officers their loved one didn’t show up for her father’s birthday party earlier that day.

Officers Pappas and McCoy got into the apartment and found the woman.

She was unresponsive, cold to the touch, and turning blue, the video explains.

The woman had overdosed on what she thought was cocaine, but it was fentanyl.

The two officers administered several doses of Narcan to the woman, saving her life.

The woman regained consciousness.

“If they didn’t respond there when they did, it’s hard to tell, but I would say she was definitely within a half hour or maybe even less of passing away,” Hills said.

Paramedics arrived and administered more doses of Narcan. The woman was then taken to the hospital.

WARNING: The video might be difficult for some to watch.

According to police, the Cincinnati Fire Department and its medics are equipped with Narcan and they are the first to be dispatched to overdose calls but in this case, officers were just called to check on the woman. Once they saw she had overdosed, they called the fire department right away.

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