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SPD officers use Narcan to save overdosing man

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just before 10 p.m. Friday night, citizens called to report a disorderly male in the area of Augusta and Calispel. According to the reports, a man was was laying on the ground, screaming and kicking a dumpster. 

When officers arrived, the 24-year-old man had become unresponsive and had a low pulse. Officers attempted several revival tactics, but when nothing else worked, they worried that the man's life was in danger. 

Noticing evidence of drug use, officers decided to use 'Narcan' on the man. Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. 

After the Narcan was administered, the male became alert and was transported to a hospital for treatment. 

"This male was given a second chance at life due to the officers at the scene's quick thinking," said SPD Corporal Ronald Van Tassel.

Van Tassel added that the heroin and opioid epidemic in our community affects us all, and urged those struggling with drugs, or with a loved one who is struggling, to seek out the local resources for battling addiction. 


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