Effective this week, the Rome Fire Department is now equipped with a medication that counteracts a heroin overdose.

NARCAN literally allows first responders the ability to revive a patient who is unconscious and dying from the devastating affects of the drug.

Rome Deputy Fire Chief Mark Kohlbrenner joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning to talk about why it's so important that he department is equipped with this treatment. He says in 2013, the city of Rome and surrounding communities saw five heroin overdose deaths: