Deputies save two us­ing Nar­can kits

Record Observer - - Front Page - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Hav­ing the opi­ate an­ti­dote Nar­can read­ily avail­able re­cently al­lowed the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to as­sist emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices and save two lives in the space of a week.

On May 13, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann re­sponded to a re­port of a pos­si­ble over­dose in the Kmart park­ing lot on Kent Is­land at 6:34 p.m. He found a man in the driver’s seat of a ve­hi­cle, un­re­spon­sive and not breath­ing.

Hof­mann had a dose of Nar­can with him, which was ad­min­is­tered by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel. The man was re­vived and taken to the Queen Anne’s Emer­gency Cen­ter for treat­ment.

Just a week later, on May 20, De­tec­tives Chase Ar­m­ing­ton and Ja­son Rickard were in Bal­ti­more re­triev­ing stolen prop­erty from pawn shops when they were flagged down about 11:40 a.m. by a pedes­trian to help an un­con­scious woman lay­ing on the side­walk at Mon­roe Street and Wilkens Av­enue. Her breath­ing was im­paired and she seemed to be suf­fer­ing from an over­dose, po­lice said.

They ad­min­is­tered Nar­can. Bal­ti­more Fire Depart­ment ar­rived, and one of de­tec­tives pro­vided res­cue breaths with a bag valve mask from BFD while the other se­cured the scene.

Fire depart­ment per­son­nel be­gin in­tra­venous treat­ment, and the woman soon re­gained con­scious­ness. The woman told them she had used heroin, po­lice said.

Pa­tient care was trans­ferred to BFD, which re­placed the Nar­can dose, and de­tec­tives left.

When a per­son takes heroin there is an im­me­di­ate de­pres­sion of the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Joseph A. Ciotola, emer­gency ser vices med­i­cal di­rec­tor and the county health of­fi­cer. It can lead to res­pi­ra­tory ar­rest and, ul­ti­mately, car­diac ar­rest.

Opi­ates, like heroin, kill by slow­ing brain ac­tiv­ity to the point of stop­ping a per­son’s breath­ing, but Nar­can can coun­ter­act an over­dose if it’s given early enough, Ciotola said.

Lo­cal deputies have been trained in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Nar­can and car­ry­ing it since May 2014.

On Oct. 1, 2015, a new Mary­land law went into ef­fect that al­lows li­censed drug pre­scribers to write pre­scrip­tions for Nar­can for any­one who may be in a po­si­tion to help some­one at risk of an opi­oid over­dose.

It costs be­tween $20-$40 dol­lars for a full Nar­can kit, which in­cludes every­thing a per­son would need to re­verse an over­dose, ac­cord­ing to over­dosepre­ven­tion­al­liance.org.

PHOTO BY DALE PA­TRICK

A close up of a Nar­can kit.

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