Published : Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 2:57 PM
South Pasadena police successfully revived an overdose victim early Thursday morning using Narcan, which counters the effects of an opioid overdose.
Officer Randy Wise was first at the scene in the 1500 block of Bank Street about 1:37 a.m. He found a 34-year-old man who appeared to have overdosed on heroin.
Police said the victim’s girlfriend, who had called 9-1-1 and was attempting to administer CPR to the victim, confirmed he had taken heroin.
Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine.
Officer Wise saw the subject on the floor struggling to breathe and immediately administered four milligrams of Narcan nasal spray. The officer continued to monitor the man’s condition until paramedics arrived.
The man regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
By the time he arrived at the hospital, police said, he was alert and able to answer questions.
Narcan is the generic name for the medication naloxone, an over-the-counter “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.
This incident is the second time South Pasadena Police officers have successfully used Narcan to resuscitate an overdose victim.