Southampton Town police officers used the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan earlier this month to revive a man who was found unresponsive at a Flanders residence.
According to a police press release, authorities received a 911 call around 6:15 a.m. May 1 about a “male subject unresponsive due to a possible overdose.” Officers administered Narcan and performed rescue breathing on the man as Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived.
Within a few minutes, police said, the man began to breathe on his own and regain consciousness. He was transported by RVAC to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for further treatment.
According to the release, Southampton Town police have been using Narcan for the past two years. The drug, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, makes people who have overdosed on opiates regain consciousness and resume breathing normally.
“It has proved to be a lifesaving ally in the fight against opioid deaths,” Southampton Town police said.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has said Narcan “counteracts the depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system” for 30 to 90 minutes.