NILES TOWNSHIP, MI – In just over three months since Berrien County Sheriff’s Office deputies began carrying Naloxone Hydrochloride aka Narcan, they have saved three lives. Two of the “Saves” took place on March 22, 2016.
In the first incident, Deputies from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Niles Township Road Patrol and a Trooper from the Michigan State Police were dispatched to a residence in the Township of Niles in regards to a 40 year old male unresponsive of an apparent narcotic overdose.
When the Deputies and Trooper arrived on scene, they discovered a citizen attempting to preform CPR on the 40 year old male. The Deputies and Trooper then took over the “Life Saving” efforts and in this process, the Deputies administered doses of Naloxone Hydrochloride to the individual, which allowed the 40 year old male to regain his pulse and begin breathing.
This individual was then transported to Lakeland Hopsital by SMACAS Ambulance personnel for further medical treatment.
In the second incident, a Deputy from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and an Officer from the Saint Joseph Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Saint Joseph Township in regards to a 47 year old female unresponsive of an apparent narcotic overdose.
When the Deputy and the Officer arrived on scene, they discovered a 47 year old female unresponsive and not breathing.
The Deputy and Officer then began “Life Saving” efforts, which included CPR and the administration of the Naloxone Hydrochloride.
After the administration of the Naloxone Hydrochloride, the female responded to the effects of Naloxone Hydrochloride and she resumed normal breathing and regained consciousness.
This individual was then transported to Lakeland Hospital for further medical treatment.
Equipping deputies with Naloxone Hydrochloride provides a valuable tool to deal with the opioid and heroin epidemic. The deputies that have saved these individuals lives have given these individuals, who are suffering from addiction another chance at life. They have given their families another day with their loved ones.