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Retired firefighter-paramedic spends savings on naloxone, gives it away for free

Luis Garcia is giving away free doses of the lifesaving drug to local businesses that could potentially encounter an overdose

By FireRescue1 Staff

PALM CITY, Fla. — A retired firefighter-paramedic is giving away free naloxone to help fight the opioid epidemic.

WPTV reported that Luis Garcia is using his own savings to buy naloxone doses and hand them out to employees of local businesses that could potentially encounter a drug overdose.

Not only does Garcia hand out the doses, he also gives a 90-minute CPR, AED and naloxone class to instruct the employees on how to respond to an overdose situation.

“I felt helpless hearing about all these increasing opioid overdoses ... so I just want to be able to help save lives,” Garcia said.

Garcia plans to purchase 400 doses of naloxone in the next year.

You can follow Garcia’s overdose-reducing efforts here.