Police revive overdose victim with Narcan
The Trumbull Police Department's Narcan training was put to good use Tuesday night when officers revived a 24-year-old Pound Ridge man from an apparent heroin overdose in the parking lot of the Westfield Trumbull Mall.
Police responded to a report of a man slumped over the center console in his car around 8 p.m., and found the victim turning blue from respiratory distress "with evidence of a recent opiate injection," a press release said.
According to the release, first responders quickly administered Narcan, an opiate-antagonist that prevents accidental overdoses, and the victim showed signs of improved respirations.
The man was then taken to St. Vincent Medical Center for further evaluation.
Trumbull Police Lt. Leonard Scinto said police found needles and two bags of an opiate substance they believe to be heroin. He added that the substance in the bag has yet to be tested and confirmed.
"One of the syringes was bent from being used," Lt. Scinto said. "There were others that were new and hadn't been used yet."
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.
Officers in Trumbull completed their training in May, and the kits containing Narcan are now on the road with the patrol officers.
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 a statement last week. “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”