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More local police officers will soon have access to Narcan, a drug that can save people from an overdose.

More local police officers will soon have access to Narcan, a drug that can save people from an overdose. It's thanks to a $19,000 donation to the Mason Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force.
Narcan is crucial to stopping the heroin epidemic in Mid-Michigan. Ingham County alone had at least 13 overdose deaths this year.

More local police officers will soon have access to Narcan, a drug that can save people from an overdose.

It's thanks to a $19,000 donation to the Mason Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force.

Narcan is crucial to stopping the heroin epidemic in Mid-Michigan. Ingham County alone had at least 13 overdose deaths this year.

Phil Pavona watched his son Eric overdose on heroin, and says there was little he or the police could do without Narcan.

"I had to perform CPR on our son until the paramedics got there to actually put in an IV and give him Narcan and he woke up," Pavona explained.

In August 2011 Eric Pavona overdosed again and help wasn't there. He was just 25-years-old when he died. Now his dad, who started Families Against Narcotics in Okemos, is trying to prevent other families from going through the same pain.

"No one wants to die. Most of these people that overdose never intended to overdose," said Pavona, who's also part of the task force. "The problem is they have no idea of the purity of the drugs that they're getting out on the streets."

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