The Wilton Police Department is now carrying naloxone, commonly known by its prescription name Narcan. The announcement was made in a press release issued today, Sept. 30.

Naloxone is an opiate antagonist that is administered in the event of an opiate overdose. It can be used to counter the effects of drugs like heroin, oxycodone, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, and Vicodin. An overdose of these drugs can slow or even stop a person’s ability to breathe, causing them to become unresponsive. Naloxone generally works in about five minutes.

Last year, more than 700 people in Connecticut died from drug overdoses.

Wilton police officers have been trained in the use of naloxone and will carry it while on duty, the press release said. Wilton officers are certified as emergency medical responders and in addition to naloxone, each patrol car also has a defibrillator and a fully stocked medical bag with oxygen.