Sheriff: Narcan Used to Save 15-Year-Old from Overdose

Josephine County Sheriff's deputies used Narcan to revive a 15-year-old juvenile dying of an overdose from multiple prescription medications, according to the agency.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 5:14 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) were able to save the life of a 15-year-old boy who had overdosed on opioids Wednesday evening, according to the agency.

The call came in just before 6 p.m., and deputies were dispatched to an address on Brandy Lane for the report of an overdose involving a 15-year-old juvenile.

When they arrived, JCSO said that the deputies found the juvenile in a bedroom lying unconscious on the bed. The juvenile had "labored breathing and a very weak pulse."

Deputies used Narcan (Nalaxone) to counterract the overdose. Both the juvenile's breathing and pulse quickly began to improve — although they remained unresponsive when they were brought to the hospital via ambulance.

Investigators determined from witnesses that the subject had "overdosed on multiple prescription medications," JCSO said.

"Narcan is an opioid antagonist and is used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose, including respiratory depression," JCSO said in a statement.

The department says it has successfully used Narcan several times over the past year since they first received training in its use for overdoses. JCSO received funds from the Oregon Department of Justice to purchase the product.

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