LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Lexington Fire Department is fighting opioid overdoses by investing in a large quantity of a life-saving drug.

The Lexington Fire Department announced it recently used federal funding to purchase 301 cases, or more than 3,612 doses, of Narcan valued at over $170,000.

Pictured: 301 cases of Narcan purchased by Lexington Fire Dept. (LFD)

Naloxone, or Narcan, reverses an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of opiates on the brain and restoring breathing.

This Narcan will be distributed to area law enforcement agencies and EMS personnel. When applicable, first responders will also provide doses of Narcan to individuals, families, and friends on the scene of overdoses through the Narcan Leave Behind Program.

If you or a family member needs Narcan or assistance with substance abuse, the Lexington Fire Department asks you to contact its Community Paramedicine team via email at renu@lexingtonky.gov.