The quick and compassionate work of Cook County Sheriff’s Police reversed a deadly overdose in Chicago on Friday morning, according to Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart today.
At approximately 9:40 a.m., Sunday, December 13, 2020, Sheriff’s Police officers were on patrol in Chicago’s 15th district on the city’s West Side when a concerned citizen flagged them down in the area of 4900 West Superior Street. The officers discovered a man who appeared to be in his 50s unresponsive on the ground suffering from what appeared to be an opioid overdose.
While calling for an ambulance, an officer administered two doses of naloxone, the well-known drug carried by many police officers that can reverse an overdose, via nasal spray. The man regained consciousness and became responsive. Chicago Fire Department paramedics then transported the man to West Suburban Hospital for further medical evaluation.
The Cook County Sheriff’ Office Treatment Response Team, which helps those battling opioid addiction, are working to follow up with the individual to provide assistance in securing addiction treatment.
Hundreds of Cook County Sheriff’s Police and other Sheriff’s Office personnel carry the lifesaving drug naloxone to reduce opioid overdoses, which are on track to kill as many as 2,000 people in Cook County this year. Thanks to the program, Office personnel have been involved in the reversal of 86 overdoses and referred almost 200 clients to the Treatment Response Team so far this year.
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Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the San Francisco Department of Health. Naloxone for opioid safety: a provider’s guide to prescribing naloxone to patients who use opioids. January 2015.