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Law enforcement saves overdose victim with NARCAN

Posted at 3:32 AM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 06:32:12-05

A woman was saved by first responders in Isla Vista shortly after midnight on Thursday.

In a press release, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office reported the 20-year-old woman was unresponsive at a home on the 6600 block of Trigo Road.

“Law enforcement personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and began life-saving efforts,” Sgt. Daniel Calderon stated. “Prescription opioid medication was found near the victim and believing this was an opioid overdose, Naloxone Hydrochloride (NARCAN) was administered to the victim.”

After administering NARCAN to the woman, she began to breathe on her own, but required further treatment and was taken to a local hospital.

NARCAN blocks the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose to both medications and narcotics including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness.

“Due to the quick thinking and actions of the law enforcement personnel, this incident ended with a life saved instead of a drug overdose death,” Calderon stated.

All Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies receive training on the use of Naloxone. The training is accomplished through the combined effort of the Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency.