By Paul Hermans
Special to Independent Newsmedia
Peoria officers likely saved a man’s life by administering a spray that counteracts opioid drug overdoses.
At about 3 a.m. Oct. 10, the Peoria Police Department responded to a heroin (opioid) overdose call in the area of 8500 West Banff Lane, northeast of the intersection of Thunderbird Road and 91st Avenue and west of Loop 101.
When officers arrived on scene they discovered a 23-year-old unresponsive male with labored breathing.
Officers administered a 4 mg nasal spray of prescription Narcan (Naloxone), which counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid drug overdoses. Soon after being given the Narcan, the man’s condition began to improve.
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department arrived on scene and continued treatment. The man was transported to the hospital in stable condition.
It appears this quick action by Peoria police officers using their recent Narcan training most likely saved this man’s life.
Being first responders, police officers are often the first ones arriving at a scene before medical help. All Peoria police officers recently completed training on how to administer Narcan to potential opioid overdoses.
Editor’s note: Mr. Hermans is an officer with the Peoria Police Department.