FARGO — Fargo police officers have saved five lives using Narcan this year, the most recent save was yesterday.

The drug works to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses and restore breathing.

Overdoses in the area have nearly doubled this year compared to numbers in 2019. During 2020, police officers have responded to 60 potential overdose calls. Last year, there were 34 incidents for the entire year.

All first responders, including Fargo Police, carry Narcan with them. This year they have used the life-saving drug five times. In 2019, officers used Narcan three times.

"Not instantly but in just a couple of minutes it can reverse the symptoms of an overdose and that person could be dying," said, Robyn Lytke Sall, substance abuse prevention coordinator in Fargo.