Cpl Ronald Van Tassel
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.
The Spokane Police Department responded to a disorderly male Friday night. After arriving on scene they quickly realized that the male was suffering from a drug overdose. Officers were able to use Narcan in an attempt to reverse the effects of the drugs. The male became responsive again and was transported to a local Hospital for treatment.
On November 10th, just before 10pm, Officers responded to the area of Augusta and Calispel for a disorderly male. Citizens in the area reported the male was laying on the ground next to a dumpster, screaming out and kicking the dumpster.
Officers arrived at the location and noticed the 24 year old male was non-responsive. He had a low pulse and there was evidence of drug abuse. Suspecting a drug overdose, the Officers attempted several tactics to revive the male, but nothing was working. They Officers feared that the male’s life was in danger due to the overdose. The Officers used “Narcan” on the male. Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The Narcan was administered and in a short time, the male started to become more responsive. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This male was given a second chance at life due to the Officers at the scene’s quick thinking.
The Heroin and Opioid addiction in our community is a problem that affects us all. There are plenty of resources around the Spokane area for drug addiction that can be found online. Every Hospital also has information to help a loved one who is battling a drug addiction.
Officer John O'Brien