Chamblee, GA, March 6, 2015 – by The Post Reports – In August of 2014, the City of Chamblee Police Department (CPD) became the third police department in Georgia to begin carrying Naloxone, a potential life-saving drug and antidote for heroin and other opioid overdoses.
Recently, CPD officers began carrying EVZIO, a Naloxone auto-injector that has visual and voice instructions.
CPD reports that today, Friday, March 6th, officers responded to a call of a woman who was reportedly overdosing in a hotel room. Officer Kevin Ryan found the door left ajar and the woman lying in the shower with the water running. Responding officers discovered the victim’s skin was blue and she was barely breathing in shallow gasps.
CPD suspects the woman’s boyfriend left her in this position and fled to avoid arrest.
Officer Ryan administered the newly issued EVZIO auto injector into the victim’s thigh. Her breathing improved but she didn’t wake up.
Sgt. Roy Collar then gave her a dose of Naloxone nasal spray as EMS was arriving.
While being loaded into the ambulance, the victim woke up.
“The heroin problem in our area is increasing and the ability to provide Naloxone while waiting for EMS is critical,” said CPD in a release. “In the past week our officers have responded to two fatal heroin overdoses where no one was able to call for help.”
CPD says there is a much more concentrated version of heroin in the area known as “China White” that has been linked to a number of metro area overdose deaths, including these two in Chamblee.
Due to the recently passed Medical Amnesty law, CDP said that if the boyfriend had stayed at the scene, he would have been immune from arrest for drug charges. By leaving her alone he lost that immunity.
CPD would like to extend thanks to Corporal Matthew Murray of Brookhaven PD who is both a Police Officer and a Paramedic, for training CPD officers in using these auto-injectors. CPD also thanks Dr. Ralph Peeler, who is the Approving Medical Officer for the City’s Naloxone program.