LOCKPORT – State Police began training in May to administer naloxone as a life saving antidote in cases of overdose.
Today the training was put into use when troopers from the Lockport barracks responded to a possible overdose on Robinson Road.
When troopers arrived, they found a 24-year-old woman on her back with a used syringe next to her arm. The woman was unresponsive, her lips were slightly discolored from lack of oxygen and her breathing was slow and shallow.
Troopers administered one dose of naloxone in the woman’s left nostril. She slowly started to recover and after approximately 10 minutes was alert, breathing freely and answering questions.
The woman was checked by Rapids Fire Department EMS and transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital where she was treated and released.
Prior to this training, police called to the scene of an overdose needed to wait for paramedics, who injected victims with naloxone through a needle. In that time victims can die.
“State Police members have a variety of tools at their disposal to help in emergency situation. First aid bags, trauma kits, and now naloxone, give our members the tools to quickly help save a life, just as these troopers did this morning,” said Troop A. Commander, Major Michael Ceretto.