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Overdose victim found in roadway, saved by police officer

A Southampton Town police officer used Narcan to save the life of an overdose victim who was found lying in the street near the County Center bus stop in Riverside Friday evening, police said in a press release. 

Officer Keith Phillips, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, administered the drug, which is used to treat opioid overdose victims, after recognizing symptoms in the 39-year-old man, who was found possibly not breathing shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

Within minutes of receiving Narcan via his nasal passages, the man was conscious and talking, police said.

Flanders/Northampton Volunteer Ambulance personnel then took over treatment of the man, whose name was not released by police, before transporting him to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Southampton police said more than 60 of its officers are trained to administer Narcan and Friday’s incident was the first such save for the department in 2016.

On Thursday, it was announced that CVS plans to soon make Narcan available without a prescription in New York.