Lancaster police debating if officers should carry Naloxone after increase in overdoses

There were at least 3 overdoses in Lancaster over the weekend (WSYX/WTTE)

Firefighters in Lancaster are recommending the city's 69 police officers not carry the anti-overdose drug Naloxone, even after three people died from overdoses over the weekend.

One of the overdose victims was 33-year-old Tommy Dunnington. Police say they got to the Harding Road home overnight Monday before paramedics, but didn't have the drug to help revive him.

Officers say they think Dunnington used meth for a couple of days, and then used heroin to try to get to sleep.

He was staying with his girlfriend at her mother's house at the time. The mother admits her daughter is an addict and Dunnington started dating her three weeks ago.

That mother did not want to identify herself but told ABC 6/FOX 28, " He was moaning but he couldn't really communicate. He didn't look like he had the use of his arms. The best I could explain to the officer, it looked like he was a fish out of water."

She asked police if they administered Naloxone before paramedics arrived. They told her no.

"They said, 'No. We don't do that,'" she recalled.

Police say they're in serious discussions as to if their officers should carry the drug in their police cars as dozens of other police departments are starting to do in Ohio. Paramedics advise against it, as they say officers do not have the advanced medical training as to what should happen once they give the drug.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off