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Police save overdose victim with Naloxone

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METAMORA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say a man who overdosed at a home in Lapeer County was saved by the quick thinking of officers who are trained with a life-saving medication.

Police were called to a home in Matamora Township about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 for reports of a possible drug overdose.

When Officer Cameron Plowman with the Metamora Township Police arrived he found a 29-year-old man not breathing and with no pulse. Officer Plowman began giving the man CPR.

He was able to get a pulse, but the victim was still not breathing.

That’s when Trooper Steve Cavner with Michigan State Police arrived on scene and administered Naloxone. The medication, also known as Narcan, reverses the effect of an opioid or heroin overdose.

The victim regained consciousness and began breathing again, police said.

He was taken to McLaren Lapeer Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Michigan State Police at the Lapeer Post received training and began carrying Naloxone in August of this year. 

Drug addiction affects tens of millions of Americans and in Mid-Michigan heroin is a growing problem.

On Thursday night there was a summit held involving police, leaders and families deeply affected by the drug.

To read more about the summit, click here

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