July 24, 2016

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Narcan saves another life in Medina

Police Chief Patrick Berarducci

Police Chief Patrick Berarducci

MEDINA — For the second time in less than a month, Medina police have administered Narcan to a person suspected of overdosing on heroin.

Officers responded to a report of a motorist who was passed out in his pickup at the stop sign at West Friendship and North Huntington streets about 4 p.m. Friday.

Police Sgt. Pat Sloan said witnesses called 911 after approaching the man’s vehicle and seeing drug paraphernalia on the passenger’s seat.

Sloan said when officers arrived, they immediately suspected that the man had overdosed.

Officers removed the man from the truck and carried him to the tree lawn where they administered one shot of Narcan in each of his nostrils, Sloan said.

Sloan said the man had stopped breathing and officers had to perform CPR until a Life Support Team from Medina Hospital arrived.

The man regained consciousness and was transported to Medina Hospital for treatment.

“We fully expect criminal charges but the investigation is still ongoing,” Sloan said.

Officers administered Narcan to a Medina man last month after police said he overdosed in his father’s apartment.

Narcan is a drug that blocks opiate receptors in the brain and aids in the reversal of heroin overdose.

Officers were authorized to carry the antidote in their packs in March.

“It’s absolutely paying off,” Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said. “We’ve saved two lives.”

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