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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sheriff Successfully Uses Narcan to Reverse Heroin Overdose

 Sheriff John Zaruba announced today that the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office saved a life of a resident that was overdosing on Heroin. 

 Sheriff Deputies responded to a sick person call in unincorporated Villa Park at approximately 1:20 this morning. When the deputy arrived, he recognized the signs that the sick person was overdosing on Heroin. The Sheriff’s Deputy immediately administered his issued Narcan to the female who became immediately responsive to the Narcan. The 32 year old victim was transported to the hospital for further medical treatment.   

“This is the first use of the Narcan by my agency and I believe the first use by a law enforcement agency in DuPage County to successfully save someone who was overdosing on Heroin,“ Sheriff Zaruba said. “The successful use of Narcan shows the need to expand the program further so that all law enforcement agencies will have the same ability to save a life. I have been directly working with the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association to expand this program to every Sheriff’s Office in the State of Illinois,” he continued. 

The Sheriff’s Office is one of the County’s Law Enforcement Agencies piloting the DuPage Narcan Program (DNP), which was initiated by the members of the DuPage County Chiefs’ of Police Association. Sheriff Zaruba, along with the other Executive Board members worked in concert with the DuPage County Health Department.  Deputies are equipped with the prescription drug Narcan, a heroin/opiate antagonist which blocks opiates from the opioid receptors in the brain which can reverse an overdose, saving the lives of those who would perish.