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San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies use overdose antidote for first time

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 20:26:53-04

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says deputies used Naloxone for the first time Friday, in order to save someone’s life after a suspected drug overdose.

Naloxone is an overdose antidote. It’s typically used for opioid overdoses.

A photo shows what is inside a Naloxone kit, which deputies carry on them in the field. (Photo Courtesy: San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office)


The Sheriff’s Office received a call around 2:45 p.m. Friday about an unconscious person who wasn’t breathing in rural Paso Robles. CAL FIRE arrived at the scene just before deputies, and firefighters started performing CPR. Deputies arrived and realized the person may have overdosed, so they administered Naloxone while firefighters continued CPR. The victim regained consciousness and was hospitalized.

The Sheriff’s Office says the victim may not have survived if it hadn’t been for CAL FIRE and Sheriff’s deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in San Luis Obispo County to train personnel on using Naloxone in the field. The program started in April of 2018, but this is the first time deputies have used the life-saving antidote.

The victim’s name and location will not be released due to privacy laws.