EAST FISH KILL, N.Y. -- Two East Fishkill police officers helped save a man overdosing on heroin when they responded to a business in Fishkill Plains on Saturday, March 26.
According to East Fishkill Police, Officers Amorim and Bermudez responded to a business in Fishkill Plains after receiving a report that a 35-year-old man was choking. When the arrived, they were met by members of the East Fishkill Rescue Squad members and Mobile Life Paramedics.
Officers quickly determined that the man was not chocking but had stopped breathing and likely suffering from a heroin overdose. The paramedics began rescue breathing with a bag mask and Amorim prepared a Narcan kit which the paramedic administered to the victim.
Within minutes the man was conscious and sitting up. Evidence of heroin use was found at the scene and the man was transported to a Poughkeepsie hospital for further treatment.
Narcan (Naloxone) is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin.
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