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Cleveland's first responders will not give up on heroin addicts

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 17:49:26-04

The heroin epidemic is touching every community in some way, but with the problem growing some say we should cut back on resources for drug-users.

A Sheriff near Cincinnati has spoken out against immunity programs. Maine's governor moved to cut back, suggesting addicts should have to pay for the drug first responders use to save their lives.

Cleveland-area departments told News 5 that is not happening here. 

"If it was your loved one, you'd want an officer to have Narcan," Lt. Paul Shepard, with Fairview Park Police, told News 5.

Many told us they'll continue do everything they can to save a life, because it is not the first responder's job to judge people, it's to save them. 

"Narcan is another tool we can use. Like CPR. We don't decide who we will preform CPR on. If CPR needs done, we will preform CPR," Lt. Dan Molnar, with Mentor Police, told News 5.