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Stoughton Police Save Life of Overdose Victim with Narcan

Officers used the treatment on Thursday after responding to an overdose report in Stoughton.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo

Stoughton police this week saved the life of an overdose victim by administering Narcan, a nasal treatment used to reverse the effects of opiate overdose. It was the first life the department has saved with the treatment, police said on Friday

The incident occurred on Thursday, April 10, when Stoughton officers responded to a report that a man had been potentially overdosing, and administered Narcan as recently trained to do, which resulted in the overdose effects being reversed. 

When asked by a Facebook user if overdose victims are subsequently arrested for drug use, police clarified that such overdose victims are exempt to arrest due to the nature of the emergency. 

Stoughton police last month filmed a training video to be used statewide on administering Narcan, and later trained first responders across Norfolk County on how to use treatment. 

Robin April 12, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Thank you SPD! I have seen this in action - my Mom was a patient at Good Sam and was given dilaudid (we didn't know at the time but she was dying). When she was transferred to Brigham & Women's she was unresponsive. They administered Narcan and she was awake and aware. Good Sam had given her too much of the pain med!

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