New York State court officers have saved three men from opioid overdoses in the four months since they were trained to administer Narcan, which instantly reverses the effects of an overdose.
At 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Bronx Criminal Court inside of Bronx Community Solutions, officers were notified that a 37-year-old man had possibly overdosed. Officers Mario Vera and Rodney Goitia responded. Vera gave the man a dose of Narcan and the man regained consciousness. He was brought to Montefiore Hospital.
In Nassau County on Nov. 3, county Mobile Security Patrol officers Mark Pullo and Sgt. Michelle Barrett were flagged down in Hempstead on the way to Nassau County District Court. They found a 55-year-old driver slumped over the wheel having a seizure. They administered Narcan and revived him; he was transported to Nassau University Medical Center.
Also on Nov. 3 in Suffolk County, Sgts. James Martinez and Daniel Freisem were called to assist a 28-year-old man in a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. Martinez gave the man one dose of Narcan but he didn’t respond. He did start breathing after a second dose and was transported to Southside Hospital.
New York court officers and sheriff’s deputies in each of the state’s 62 counties were given special training to administer Naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan. It is legal in New York for people without a medical license to administer Naxolone to prevent an overdose from becoming fatal.