Last week, Naloxone was successfully administered by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services in a suspected overdose.
In response to a local increase in opioid (Heroin and Fentanyl) overdose cases in recent months, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement were trained to administer Naloxone (commonly referred to as Narcan) through the Law Enforcement Officers Naloxone Training Program (Project Leon). At the completion of training, the attendees were issued kits containing two doses of Naloxone nasal spray to administer in the field in the event of a suspected opioid overdose. The training took place over the course of two days, May 16 and 17, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Bluffton Campus.
Less than a week after receiving the training and Naloxone, a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy encountered an unconscious adult subject inside of a vehicle. The deputy immediately notified Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and began to assess the subject’s condition. While waiting for EMS to arrive at the scene and after observing telltale signs of an opioid overdose (pinpoint pupils, shallow breathing), the deputy administered the unconscious subject a dose of Naloxone nasal spray. The subject did not respond after the first dose, so following his training from Project Leon the deputy administered a second dose of Naloxone.
EMS arrived a short time later and administered additional doses of Naloxone to the subject, who ultimately regained consciousness and coherency. Although he did not recover prior to EMS treatment, it is believed the two doses of Naloxone administered by the Sheriff’s Office deputy prevented the subject’s condition from deteriorating further. This incident illustrates how important it is for our law enforcement officers to have Naloxone on-hand to buy time in a suspected opioid overdose. If you have or you suspect a loved one has an addiction to opioids, we urge you to please seek help through the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department http://www.bcgov.net/departments/community-services/alcohol-and-drug-abuse/index.php or another public or private health care provider.