Two local RCMP officers are being commended for saving the life of a man who was found overdosing.
The unnamed Mounties were conducting patrols the night of June 9th on 27th Avenue in Vernon when they were informed about a possible overdose in a make-shift shelter.
The officers were directed to the shelter where they found a 23 year old male who was un-responsive. Officers quickly recognized the symptoms of an opiate overdose and administered the male 3 doses of naloxone and began further life saving measures in the form of CPR. After 10 minutes of CPR, the male responded to the naloxone and re-gained consciousness,” says an RCMP release.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment.
“Unfortunately, like many other communities in British Columbia, our officer’s deal with the effects of fentanyl and its derivatives on a regular basis, says Acting officer in charge Inspector Gord Stewart. “Given the work we do and calls for service, our members face the risk of contamination or exposure on a regular basis. Our ability to possess and administer naloxone, gives our members an added level of security for not only their safety, but also the safety of the community we serve.”
Naloxone reverses the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.
The RCMP have issued naloxone kits to all on-duty operational members for situations where they may be required to provide first aid treatment in the event of an opioid overdose, like this one.
Stewart commends the actions of the officers, saying they displayed quick thinking and compassion in a crisis situation.
(Photo of Naloxone issued to all operational RCMP officers)