First responders in the city of Glendora are the first in Los Angeles County to carry a nasal treatment for overdoses from opioid drugs such as heroin, hydrocodone and oxycodone.
City News Service reported Thursday that the Glendora Police Department is the first to receive approval from the county's Emergency Medical Emergency Services Agency to carry nasal naloxene, which is marketed as Narcan.
Lt. Rob Lamborghini says officers have seen a recent increase in heroin overdose calls.
Officials say police and paramedics are able to carry the antidote due to changes in state law that took effect April 1.
Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids — drugs derived from opium, including heroin — on brain receptors.
Glendora is a city of 50,000 people about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.