Some fast acting police officers in Stamford helped save the life of a 35-year-old man who was found slumped over his steering wheel, suffering from a potential overdose.
Last year, officers from the Stamford Police Department were issued Narcan kits “in order to assist one of ours if exposed to any opioid-related exposures or to assist the public in the course of an overdose.” Those kits had not been needed, until this week.
On Monday, officers were dispatched to a medical call in the east side of Stamford, where there was a report of a potential overdose victim. Upon arrival at the scene, police said that officers found the man unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle he was in.
According to police, the responding officers arrived within minutes, and swiftly determined the man was suffering from an opioid-related incident. Officers proceeded to administer two doses of Narcan to the man, who regained consciousness and began talking. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment, and he is expected to survive.
Narcan is a brand of naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, particularly in the case of an overdose.
“The Stamford Police Uniform Division are not first responders however we are dispatched to medical emergencies to assist EMS in life-threatening situations,” officials said. “With this incident and several others in which CPR and the Defibrillator were deployed we were able to assist EMS in stabilizing victims and saving numerous lives.”
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