Minn. firefighters give Narcan for suspected overdose

First use of narcotics overdose antidote since program began for firefighters that respond to all medical calls

By KARE 11 Staff

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — Coon Rapids firefighters say a 24-year old man is alive thanks to a heroin overdose antidote they began using three months ago. It's the first "save" since they began using Narcan.

Fire department officials say a man called 911 the night of November 28 reporting that a friend of his had possibly overdosed on heroin. When first responders arrived they found the 24-year-old unresponsive but still showing a pulse. Coon Rapids firefighters, who respond to all medical calls in the city, administered Narcan to the victim. After a few minutes of continuing to assist the patient with breathing, the patient became responsive and began to breathe again on his own.

(photo courtesy of EM Innovations)
(photo courtesy of EM Innovations)

He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Read the full story: Coon Rapids firefighters save first overdose patient


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