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Vernon RCMP officer saves life of opioid overdose victim

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March 05, 2021 - 10:20 AM

A Vernon man is lucky to be alive after repeated doses of naloxone weren't reviving him after an overdose last night.

According to a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media release, police were called to a report of a disturbance inside a home in the 4000 block of 15 Crescent at roughly 11 p.m. Mar. 4.

Once at the address police entered the home and found an unresponsive man who had overdosed, along with several other people.

Police immediately began medical assistance to the man, who despite receiving several doses of naloxone – a drug used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose – was still not breathing.

An officer continued in their efforts to save the man's life and he began to breathe again.

B.C. Ambulance crews arrived on the scene and continued with treatment. The man regained consciousness and was transported from the scene for further medical treatment.

"Excellent work was done by first responders to manage a tumultuous and chaotic scene," Vernon RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said in the release. "Their ability to maintain their composure, assess the situation and provide appropriate, effective, life-saving measures in this stressful situation directly contributed to the man’s survival."

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