After the Milford Fire Department used Narcan 30 times in the last quarter, Milford Police decided it was time to stock its cars with the opioid-overdose antidote.

Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, a nasal spray used to combat someone experiencing an opioid overdose.

Milford Police Public Information Officer Mike DeVito said though the kits were pricey, it was worth the investment.

"We’re treating it kind of like a bulletproof vest," DeVito said. "It’s another thing to help us."

He said the department paid upwards of about $3,500 for 50 kits to keep in the patrol cars, the K9 cars and most of the detectives’ cars. Without a state or federal grant to purchase the kits, funds came from the department’s asset forfeiture money.

The opioid problem the country is facing is one DeVito said his department has been well aware of. He said oftentimes an addiction to opioids starts with a legitimate prescription.

"(It’s) not indigenous to certain areas," DeVito said. "It crosses all kinds of socio and economic borders. No one is safe from it."

He said the department’s drive to get these Narcan kits was twofold.

Though the police department might not be as trained to handle overdoses, DeVito said sometimes the officers will get to the scene quicker than the fire department.

"Our officers have done CPR countless times on what appears to be opioid overdoses," DeVito said. "I couldn’t even tell you how many times."

But beyond helping those suffering from overdoses, DeVito said the Narcan can help protect officers that are accidentally exposed to fentanyl. He said it’s always possible an officer can come in contact with the drug while searching a vehicle or seizing drugs.

"Now we’ll be able to treat ourselves and each other if necessary," DeVito said. "It’s another medical tool for our department."

The nasal spray is easy to use, DeVito said. He said the device is inserted into the person’s nose and a button is pressed to release the antidote. Each pack comes with two one-time use devices, he said.

And if someone is given Narcan even if they aren’t overdoses, DeVito said the spray won’t injure or negatively impact them in any way.

"Having these kits is just one more way to make the public safe and make our officers safe," DeVito said.