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Overdosing man saved in Salmon Arm with help from many

September 07, 2021 - 3:02 PM

A tragedy was averted in Salmon Arm recently due to the quick actions of the public, RCMP and ambulance service.

A patrolling officer was flagged down by a man who was on the side of the road at around 4:30 p.m., Sept. 2, who alerted the officer about another man who was overdosing on street drugs, according to a Salmon Arm RCMP media release.

The overdosing male wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse, prompting the officer to administer naloxone, call an ambulance and do CPR until a second officer arrived and another dose of naloxone was administered.

A third officer arrived with an automatic defibrillator, and chest compressions continued until the ambulance team attended the male, who eventually regained consciousness and appeared to be on the road to a full recovery. 

RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West is asking people to heed public health warnings.

"Do not do drugs alone, it can save your life," Sgt. West wrote in the release. "Always have naloxone available and know how to use it. There are drugs out there that naloxone has not effect on so know what you are consuming."

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