YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County was one of the first counties in the state to have law enforcement carry naloxone, or Narcan, the heroin overdose antidote. In one year, almost 200 lives were saved.
Members of the York County district attorney’s office and the Heroin Task Force are overwhelmed with the amount of success Narcan has brought the community.
“I finally feel like I’ve got it when a lot of people just thought that I was a lost cause,” Sean Allen said. He was saved by Narcan four times.
It took Allen more than a decade.
“The last thing I remember, I started pulling forward and I blacked out. There was nobody around,” Allen said.
York County has the second-most heroin saves from Narcan in the state.
“This is, quite frankly, a huge testament to the law enforcement officers of York County for taking the bull by the horns, jumping into this, and actively saving lives in York County,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday said.
Law enforcement officers carry the drug voluntarily. Last year, 99 people were saved. So far this year, 87 have been saved. Now, people are asking – is it worth it?
“The answer I give people is, quite frankly, yes, of course it is. If it was my son, I would save their life every day to be able to have an additional day with them alive,” Sunday said.
Members of the district attorney’s office say the use of Narcan does not lead to more people feeling comfortable about using heroin.
“People who have never used before aren’t just going to jump in and use heroin because there happens to be an antidote available to save their life,” Sunday said.
As for Allen, he’s just happy to have another shot at life.
“It’s important to remember that there’s hope for any human being to change,” Allen said.
Allen has been sober for 13 months now.
If you or someone you know is struggling, visit the Heroin Task Force’s website.