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The city of Cambridge Massachusetts is testing out a new approach to fighting the opioid crisis that puts life saving drugs in the hands of the average citizen. The city of Cambridge Massachusetts is testing out a new approach to fighting the opioid crisis that puts life saving drugs in the hands of the average citizen.
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The city of Cambridge Massachusetts is testing out a new approach to fighting the opioid crisis that puts life saving drugs in the hands of the average citizen.  The big question is will the average person be willing to use it to help a stranger?

Jack Albert is with the Cambridge Police Department and says the citizens are being put to the test when it comes to the opioid crisis.  “I've never seen anything hit a community this fast."

Central square in Cambridge is lined with with parking signs and bike racks.  Because of the opioid crisis perhaps one day they will be lined with a lock box.  It requires a code to open, given out by a dispatcher.  

Officer Albert says that putting Narcan in the hands of a willing citizen could save lives.  "Once they go into overdose it's all about time to reverse it."

The Cambridge Police and doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are behind the initiative and say it's an innovative approach to what's becoming more of a problem.  Dr. Scott Goldberg with Brigham and Women’s says, "Opiates act quickly with the new synthetics on the market work within seconds."

Once a person gains access to the Narcan, it’s easy to administer in nasal spray form says Dr. Goldberg.  “You open it up tilt patient's head back squirt it up their nose done drop the mic walk away."

During the first test of the lock box system in central square, more than 50 people actually stopped to help.

Dr. Goldberg sees real promise in giving the people the power to save lives, without having to wait for first responders.  "There's an inherent delay in the system and if we can get that medication to a patient whose suffering an opiate overdose sooner we have potential to save a life"

Across southern Colorado most law enforcement agencies and E.M.S. crews carry Narcan and it’s been used to lives.

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