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Ferguson Township Police Revive Woman After Heroin Overdose

by on October 02, 2017 12:35 PM

Ferguson Township officers used CPR and Naloxone to revive a woman who overdosed on heroin last week, police said.

At 1:33 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a Martin Street apartment for a report of a medical emergency. Officers arrived and found a 43-year-old woman who was unresponsive. Police said she was not breathing and had a weak pulse.

Officers began CPR and administered Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, and within a short period of time the woman began breathing and regained consciousness. She was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for further evaluation and it was determined she had snorted heroin.

Ferguson Township Police began carrying Naloxone in 2016 through an agreement with Centre Life Link EMS and Mount Nittany Medical Center. Naloxone is used to reverse an overdose caused by opioid drugs. It blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes.

Police reminded residents of Pennsylvania's amnesty law for drug overdoses. The law applies to the person who overdoses and the person who initiates a request for help. The law applies to the caller when he or she reasonably believes the person needs immediate medical attention as a result of a drug overdose; provides his or her own name and location and cooperates with law enforcement; and remains with the person in need of medical attention until police arrive.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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