A Camden police officer used Narcan for the first time Jan. 24 to reverse the affects of an opioid overdose, just one week after officers were trained to administer the drug.

Officer Chris Hansen and Sgt. Dan Brown responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. Jan. 24 in Camden regarding a possible overdose. The officers followed Narcan protocol and realized the person was in a pretty dire situation, according to Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne. Officer Hansen administered the Narcan, which is in the form of a nasal spray. North East Mobile Health Services staff arrived on the scene, and performed further care, and the person was up and walking around within 10 minutes, Gagne said.

Camden and Rockport police officers and firefighters trained on Jan. 17 to carry and administer naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan.

Camden's 11 police officers, as well as Rockport police officers, Camden Fire Department's four full-time firefighters and Rockport firefighters participated in the training.

Justin Hills led the training program. Hills is a paramedic, works full-time for the Knox County Sheriff's Office and is a reserve officer with the Camden Police Department.

The Narcan training program is made available by the Office of the Maine Attorney General, which supplies a training outline and the Narcan.

Gagne adopted the program originally to protect police officers and firefighters from an accidental exposure to an opioid during the course of their work. He first looked into Narcan when the use of the drug was in its infancy. Since that time, the risks to public safety officers has increased with the appearance of Fentanyl, he said.

Over the past couple of years, police officers have seen overdoses, and relied on North East Mobile Health Services paramedics to deliver the Narcan, he said.

The idea of training to administer Narcan was initiated when a town resident asked Select Board member Jenna Lookner if the town had a program in place. At Lookner's request, Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell contacted Gagne. Gagne consulted with his officers and the fire department, quickly developed policies and procedures, in consultation with Dr. Ira Mendel from the Midcoast Recovery Coalition, and made the necessary arrangements with the A.G.'s Office, according to Caler-Bell.