Deerfield officer saves man from heroin overdose

$28-million of new state budget for combatting the opioid epidemic

A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. An overdose of opiates essentially makes the body forget to breathe. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

DEERFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — A Deerfield Police officer rescued someone from a heroin overdose.

According the department’s Facebook page, officers responded to a call Friday, and found a victim with no pulse who was not breathing. They noticed the signs of an overdose, and used the overdose reversal drug Narcan, which saved the person’s life.

It’s something residents hope to see every police department equipped with. George Gonzalez of Agawam told 22News, “They got the drugs, they should carry them, for when people overdose, because there’s a lot of overdoses lately. A lot of heroin going around drugs, save a life you know.”

Governor Baker recently dedicated $28 million of the state budget to combat the opioid epidemic through treatment services and prevention programs.

According to Deerfield police, this was the first time they used Narcan since being trained in its use in the Spring.

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