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It’s available in all Newton schools even and first responders in every neighboring community carry it. But Newton police and firefighters are responding to overdose calls without Narcan, the fast-acting drug that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, Jonathan Dame reports for the TAB

Potential use of the drug has been on the city’s radar for more than a year, but Newton has been slow to equip its public safety personnel with Narcan amid collective bargaining negotiations with its police and fire unions that have broken down.

…In 2014, five people died of such overdoses in Newton, according to preliminary state data released last month. State Police have investigated two opioid-related overdose deaths in Newton — both from heroin — so far in 2015, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.