YORK COUNTY, SC – On March 1, 2017 York County Deputies were dispatched to the 3200 block of Highway 324 near Rock Hill for a female suffering from a possible overdose. The first Deputy on scene found a 34-year-old woman unconscious. A witness told the Deputy she had been using the opiate heroin earlier in the day.
Deputy Justin Moore began giving CPR to the woman until she began breathing again. When Piedmont Medical Center Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene they gave NARCAN or otherwise known as Naloxen to the patient. The patient regained consciousness and was treated and transported to Piedmont Medical Center. Her current condition is not known.
“Sheriff’s Deputies are increasingly called to assist in the response to opiate overdoses and praises the efforts of the officers who use the lifesaving methods at their disposal to help these individuals,” said Sheriff Tolson. “Instances such as these should bring public awareness of the widespread abuse of both legal and illegal opiates, other narcotics and the battles that law enforcement face combatting the problem.”
On February 21, 2017, York County Deputies saved the life of a woman believed to be suffering from a drug overdose by administering their issued NARCAN.
In January of this year all York County Deputies were trained on using NARCAN due to the increasing number of opiate overdose cases law enforcement officers in South Carolina are encountering.