Deputies use Narcan in the field to reverse opioid overdose
In May 2022, Narcan (naloxone), a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose, was approved for field use by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Through a collaborative effort with the California Department of Public Health’s Naloxone Grant Program, the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA) and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Narcan was implemented for field use in late 2022 following an extensive training period. Narcan is yet another tool used by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to assist the residents in the county.
On Dec. 20, 2022, deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station responded to the 23000 block of Valley View Drive in Crestline, where they encountered an unresponsive male suspected of overdosing. Deputies immediately administered lifesaving measures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and successfully administered Narcan to the subject.
After deputies confirmed the subject had a pulse and was breathing, personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
On Jan. 6, 2023, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department responded to the 19800 block of Red Feather Road in Apple Valley for a reported overdose. Upon arriving, deputies located an unconscious male, who was not breathing. Deputies learned the male had overdosed on heroin and administered Narcan.
The male began breathing on his own and regained consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response (AMR) for further treatment.
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