NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Emergency medical technicians with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety's fire rescue division will now carry the drug Narcan, which is used for individuals who have overdosed on narcotics such as heroin.
According to a North Myrtle Beach press release, the drug could previously only be administered by certified paramedics in South Carolina.
Now, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has approved Narcan's use by emergency medical technicians with the approval of the department's medical director, the release stated.
In addition to heroin, Narcan is also used for those who have overdosed on fentanyl, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol and Percocet.
Since 2016, detectives with the NMBDPS have logged 30 known overdoses of heroin-fentanyl, with four being fatal, the release stated.
According to DHEC, only three other fire departments in South Carolina allow their emergency medical technicians to administer Narcan. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department has also recently allowed for its techs to carry the drug.