MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – The use of a medication to counteract opioid overdose saved a life on Friday night, according to the Mechanicville Fire Department.
On Friday evening, the Mechanicville Police and Fire Departments, along with Clifton - Park Halfmoon EMS, were dispatched to a reported heroin overdose. The report stated the patient was unconscious and possibly not breathing.
Police were first to arrive to the scene and the patient was located unconscious and unresponsive on the floor, their breathing was shallow.
Officers administered Naloxone, a prescription medication that will help in the case of an overdose for opioids, like heroin.
Fire department EMT's arrived to begin basic life support measures. As the ambulance arrived, the patient was removed from the residence. Officials say that before reaching the stretcher, the patient regained consciousness, normal breathing, and was able to speak coherently, thanks to the use of Naloxone.
Officials are crediting the quick actions of police and fire personnel for saving the person’s life on Friday.
Naloxone is in the process of being issued to law enforcement agencies throughout New York State an effort to help combat the growing heroin epidemic.