Police revived the man who had overdosed on an opioid, just days after the department received training on how to use antidote Narcan
By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Police revived a man using opioid antidote Narcan April 20 after he overdosed and had become unresponsive while driving through Huron Township with a friend.
Police were called to Chapp’s Gas Station, 37333 South Huron Road regarding an unresponsive 33-year-old who had just allegedly overdosed on an opioid.
The man was in a car with a friend, who had called 911 and stopped at the gas station during the overdose.
Public Saftey Director Everette Robbins said police were on scene within two minutes and could see the man was limp and unresponsive with a faint pulse.
The officer delivered Narcan through the man’s nose and he became responsive and alert about five minutes later.
He was then transported to Beaumont Hospital-Trenton for further evaluation.
Just days before on April 17, the Huron Township Police Department hosted training from the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority on police officer use of Narcan.
At the end of the training, officers and dispatch staff received certification to have Narcan on-hand and administer it to those in a narcotic overdose situation.
“I realize that the use of Narcan has become a controversial topic nationally. However, our job is to use all the tools we have to save lives and that is just what we did. Fortunately, we had an officer close and he was able to get to the victim and treat him quickly. We appreciate the training and partnership with Wayne County. The system worked just was it was supposed to and ultimately saved a life,” Robbins said.
“Last year, 64,000 people died of opioid overdose. It is an epidemic that is affecting many people’s sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. My hope is that those that we can save will take advantage of their second chance.”
Narcan blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness.
The Huron Township Fire Department also carries Narcan for similar emergency situations.