Brookhaven, GA, February 16, 2016 – The Post Reports – Brookhaven Police Officers were issued EVZIO Narcan in January of last year. On February 13th, Officers were able to save another life by using it.
Saturday, Brookhaven Police Officers responded to a 911 call of a man experiencing a possible drug overdose. Upon arrival, Officer Tommy Lefever and Corporal Jacob Kissell found the man to be unresponsive.
Officers described the man to “be blue in the lips, extremely pale and clammy. He was also drenched in sweat and there was a belt lying next to him. It did not appear that he was breathing and there was foam coming out of his mouth.” Within a minute of arriving, Officer Lefever administered one EVZIO Narcan cartridge to the man’s right thigh.
After Officer Kissel found the man had no pulse, Officer Lefever began one round of thirty chest compressions. Corporal Kissel applied AED patches to the man’s chest. While continuing to prep for AED application, the man began to breathe, his breath faint, and he was wheezing. Foam continued to trickle out of his mouth.
Officer Matthew Crawford and Lt. Dustin Patton were on scene to assist. Lt. Patton administered a second dosage of EVZIO Narcan, again to the man’s right thigh. Officer Lefever lifted the subject’s legs in the air as he lay on his back.
Moments later, the man’s eyes began to flutter and he opened them. He was disoriented and could not speak or answer questions, but was able to squeeze Officer Lefever’s finger. After a few moments, the man was able to sit up and was moved to a couch.
DeKalb Fire and AMR responded to the scene to check the vitals of the man. The man became coherent and was apologetic about the situation and he was transported to the hospital.
In 2013, the Friends of Brookhaven Foundation raised $30,000 for the purchase of AED’s for the City’s Police Department. The City matched that donation dollar-for-dollar. (See Video Here) The Friends of Brookhaven have also led efforts to get more than 25 citizens trained in CPR and the use of AED’s.
EVZIO is designed to aid in combatting the leading cause of accidental death in the United States – Drug Poisoning.
EVZIO is the first and only FDA-approved naloxone product specifically indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression and is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present, including outside of supervised medical setting.
– The detailed account above, first appeared on the City of Brookhaven Police Department Facebook Page.