Narcan saves life of overdose victim on Shelton Road
For third time since July 14, the Trumbull Police Department and Trumbull EMS helped revive a victim from an apparent heroin overdose using the opioid antagonist Narcan.
According to a press release, police received a call from a distressed family member about a 24-year-old male who was found unconscious and not breathing at his home on Shelton Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.
Police said they responded to the residence where there was a suspected heroin overdose and administered Narcan to the victim, who began to show signs of improved breathing.
Trumbull EMS responded to the scene and administered a second dose of Narcan to the victim, who then regained consciousness before being transported to St. Vincent's Hospital.
It was the third time in four months that police and EMS used Narcan to revive an apparent heroin user from overdosing.
In an effort to prevent accidental overdoses from opiate-based drugs, officers statewide have been receiving training in administering naloxone, which is commonly referred to as Narcan.
Narcan will temporarily reverse the depression of the respiratory system and allow the person to breathe more effectively.
Police Chief Michael Lombardo discussed the department’s use of Narcan at Tuesday’s drug prevention task force press conference.
“The Trumbull Police Department is fully committed to deterring and preventing our youth from becoming involved in drug usage,” Chief Lombardo said in July. “We are also one of very few police departments that have equipped each patrol officer with the drug Narcan, which can be administered to someone who is experiencing a drug overdose, in some cases reversing the effects of respiratory arrest. Trumbull EMS also carry Narcan.
“The Trumbull Police Department has a tip line for anonymous complaints relative to drug usage,” he said. “Residents are reminded that they can also utilize the State’s 211 information service line for resources regarding substance abuse. It is imperative that we as a community work together to educate and deter our youth from becoming drug dependent”