Cops Use Narcan Spray to Rescue Heroin OD Victim

For a second time in recent months, South Pasadena police used Narcan spray, such as that pictured, to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. File photo

South Pasadena police successfully revived an overdose victim early Thursday morning by using Narcan, which counters the effects of an opioid overdose.

According to a news release from the city, police received a 9-1-1 call of a possible overdose in the 1500 block of Bank Street around 1:27 a.m. Thursday.

Officer Randy Wise was the first to arrive and found a 34-year-old man who appeared to have overdosed on heroin. This was confirmed by his girlfriend who had called 9-1-1 and was attempting to administer CPR to the victim, police said.

Wise saw the subject on the floor struggling to breathe and immediately administered four milligrams of Narcan nasal spray. Wise continued to monitor the subject until paramedics arrived. The subject regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital for treatment. By the time he arrived at the hospital he was alert and able to answer questions.

Narcan is the generic name for the medication naloxone, an over-the-counter “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.

The incident marked the second time South Pasadena Police officers have successfully used Narcan to resuscitate an overdose victim. The first was in June.

The South Pas fire department has long used Narcan, but the police began using it only this year.