Deputy Uses Narcan To Save Man From Heroin Overdose

04.22.14 | FL News Team

Members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol Division recently used the drug Naloxone to save the life of a 25-year-old who had reportedly overdosed on heroin.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman on Oakdale Road in the Town of Union who reported that her boyfriend was unresponsive and may have overdosed on heroin. Deputy Matthew O’Brien arrived on scene within six minutes of the call. The victim was blue in the face, unresponsive and gasping for breath, the sheriff’s office said.

O’Brien used Naloxone on the victim, and within several minutes the man regained consciousness and was breathing on his own. He was transported to UHS Binghamton General Hospital for evaluation.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office began carrying Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, in February after receiving training from the Broome County Office of Emergency Services. The drug is used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.

This is the second incident where Naloxone was used by sheriff’s office personnel to save a life.