There is a voluntary recall order for the device used to administer Narcan, which is used in the event of a suspected opioid overdose. State Police say Troopers have used the recalled device to administer Narcan 33 times, all successful and saved lives.
Troopers started using Narcan in October 2014, and there have been 128 calls for service/medical distress assists. Of those, 120 survived after receiving Narcan.
State Police Spokesman Tyler Weerden says they are confident in the device, but out of an abundance of caution the agency is taking steps to mitigate the risks associated with the recall. The products affected by the recall may be less effective, but are not harmful to use.
State Police are receiving 700 replacement devices to swap the recalled devices with. In the meantime. they will be sending two troopers to each suspected opioid overdose in the event that the dispensing mechanism on the device fails.