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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sheriff Deputy Saves 100th Life Using Narcan

 

Sheriff John Zaruba announced today that the DuPage County Sheriff's Office had the 100 th save using Narcan on a resident that was overdosing on Heroin/Opiates.

Sheriff Deputies responded to a sick person call in unincorporated Willowbrook at approximately 1:20 this morning. When the deputy arrived, he recognized the signs that the sick person was overdosing on Heroin/Opiates. The Sheriff's Deputy immediately administered his issued Narcan to the male who became immediately responsive to the Narcan. The 24 year old male victim was transported to the hospital for further medical treatment.  

 "This is the 100th save of Narcan by a law enforcement agency in DuPage County to successfully reverse the effects of someone overdosing on Heroin/Opiates," Sheriff Zaruba said. "Our office will continue to educate, enforce and diminish the supplies of these dangerous drugs," he continued.

The Sheriff's Office is one of the County's Law Enforcement Agencies that started 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.