Spokane Police Officer Uses Narcan to Save Life

Officer John O'Brien

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:41 p.m.

Spokane Police Officer Uses Narcan to Save a Life

On July 11th, 2017 around 10:30 PM, an SPD officer on patrol was able to use Narcan on a subject who swallowed an unknown substance before running from officers. The male was taken into custody and became unresponsive. He had pin point pupils and appeared to be struggling to breath. These are signs of an opiate overdose.

Officer McVay applied his Narcan Mucosal Atomization Device and within minutes started getting results. The male started breathing on his own and became more responsive. AMR and Spokane Fire Department assisted and started an IV with additional Narcan then immediately transported the subject to the hospital.

Neither the arrested male nor officers were injured during this incident.

This is great work by an SPD officer in the field. Preservation of life is a primary function of a police officer. This application of Narcan directly led to saving the person’s life. Eventually all of patrol will be carrying this life saving drug.

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