CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- A New Castle cop has been credited with treating a victim of a heroin overdose by administering the antidote drug Naloxone.
New Castle Police, in a Facebook post, announced that pfficer Arthur Mendoza responded a minute after a 911 call was received on Sept. 23.
Mendoza went to a Chappaqua residence and and found the victim, a 30-year-old man, who was "unresponsive," according to police. He recent got training to handle opioid overdoses, police said.
After the Naloxone was given, according to police, "the overdose victim became conscious and responsive to questions."
Police added that the man was transported by the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Northern Westchester Hospital, with the purpose being for more treatment and evaluation.
Police also went into detail about a program to train officers, noting that more are set to be trained.
"The purpose of the program of training police officers on the use of Naloxone is that often a police officer is the first on the scene of an emergency," police stated. "By training and equipping police, overdose deaths can be reduced as the waiting time for administration of this life saving drug is reduced when an officer is able to administer the Naloxone."
The Facebook announcement is available here.
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