by Eden Laikin
Two Nassau County Police Officers – who had just been trained in, and equipped with, Narcan – saved the lives of two residents who had overdosed in the last week
An officer from the First Precinct revived a 17-year old girl who overdosed on Heroin late Thursday, May 16, by administering the antidote Narcan. After responding to a 911 call to a home in North Merrick, officers found the teenager unresponsive. After administering the Narcan dosage, the officers transported her to a local hospital.
A Seventh Precinct officer saved the life of a 29-year old Massapequa man who had overdosed on Heroin Thursday, May 22, in a parking lot of an emergency medical center. The officer, and a Nassau County Police Ambulance Medical Technician, administered a dosage of Narcan, reviving the victim. That man was also transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Narcan reverses the potentially deadly effects of Heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin on the body’s respiratory system, by blocking the Opioids from attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. Narcan is active for about 30 to 90 minutes.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano – who has helped getting Narcan into the hands of family members of those struggling with drug addiction – said all County police officers will be trained by July, as will cadets coming out of the police academy. Narcan has been stocked on County ambulances for decades.