Police: Hudson Valley Officers Save Life of ‘Drug Abuser’
Police from the Hudson Valley are credited with saving the life of a local man who officials described as a "drug abuser."
On Tuesday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man who wasn't breathing in the Town of Greenville.
Upon arrival, police found a 35-year-old man lying on the floor with shallow breathing and lacking color in his face, who showed signs of an opioid overdose, police say.
After two doses of Narcan, a drug proved to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the man started to breathe but remained unconscious, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
After two more doses of Narcan was administered, the man's appearance improved and he regained consciousness, police say.
The unnamed 35-year-old was taken to Bon Secours Hospital where he was treated and released.
“I want to issue a warning for those who are addicted to drugs, especially opioids, this new trend of most powerful opioids, make it increasingly difficult to recover overdose victims," Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois said in a press release. "Eventually we will not be able to save you or your loved one. I commend my Deputies and the New York State Troopers for saving another life.”
Dubois reminds everyone that if you are a loved one is addicted to drugs, you can call 1-800-832-1200. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week.