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Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Delta announces new medical kits onboard after man dies of overdose

Delta Air Lines has responded to a passenger's plea for the airline to supply Narcan kits on all flights after a man allegedly died of an overdose on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles.

The airline announced that it had taken a decision earlier this year to provide add Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an overdose, to its inflight medical kits, although it won't be available on aircraft until the autumn.

Passenger Lynne Lyman posted a tweet, when went viral, saying that a man was found with a needle in his arm, passed out in the plane's toilet. She said he was later removed by paramedics in a body bag.

"The flight attendants were great, they tried everything. As was the man who broke the bathroom door open and pulled him out, and the doctor that tried to help," Lyman tweeted. "@Delta please practice #harmreduction and get a #NarcanKit on every plane."

The US airline said it couldn't comment on the detail of the specific event due to passenger privacy rules, but it added: "Delta earlier this year made the decision to improve our on board emergency medical kits by adding Narcan. The process to outfit medical kits will begin this fall."

Lyman's tweet also prompted Sara Nelson, president of the US Association of Flight Attendants to weigh in on the issue.

"Flight Attendants are aviation's first responders and we need the proper tools to respond and save lives. In the air there are no options. I'm so sorry for you, Lynne, and the crew and other passengers who had to watch this," Nelson wrote.

FDA-approved Narcan contains Naloxone which can prevent overdose by opioids.

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