YORK COUNTY, SC – For the second time since the York County Sheriff’s Office deployed the use of NARCAN in January of this year, a Deputy uses the opiate overdose antidote to save a life.
On April 1, 2017 York County deputies were called to a home near the 4100 block of Madonna Drive in Rock Hill for a possible drug overdose. When Deputy Jason Roberts arrived on scene he discovered a 27-year-old male victim lying on the floor showing visible signs of an opioid drug overdose. Deputy Roberts immediately administered his Sheriff’s Office issued NARCAN to the man. After delivering two doses, the victim regained consciousness, and was fully awake by the time Emergency Medical Services arrived. The victim was taken to the hospital for further medical treatment.
“When first responders administer NARCAN successfully, individuals should realize that this second chance will most likely be a last chance, and that they should seek the necessary help available to try and rid themselves of this deadly addiction,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
This is the second successful deployment of NARCAN by a York County Sheriff’s Deputy to save the life of a person suffering from an opiate overdose. On February 21, 2017, York County Deputies saved the life of a woman believed to be suffering from a drug overdose using their issued NARCAN.
In January, all York County Sheriff’s Deputies were trained on and issued NARCAN. NARCAN is a nasal spray that contains Naloxone, which is an antidote that blocks or reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, since Law Enforcement Officers began using NARCAN state wide in June 2016, there have been 30 NARCAN deployments with 29 lives saved.
In 2015 York County had 28 opioid related deaths out of the 594 reported in South Carolina that same year.