LCSO Deputies Save Man Overdosing, Fourth Such Case in 10 days

by Tina Johansson

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call Jan. 13 in unincorporated Libertyville for a 30 year old man who had overdosed on opioids. It was the fourth such overdose over a ten day period.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Somerville and Deputy Kevin Tietz arrived at the scene in the 31200 block of North Route 45  where they found the man with no pulse and not breathing.  Deputy Somerville began CPR and Deputy Tietz administered two doses of Naloxone to the man.

Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have saved over 25 lives to opioid overdose since the Naloxone program began just over two years ago. While I am grateful for the lives saved we are currently in an opioid epidemic and are losing far too many lives to opioids.” – Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran

By the time Grayslake Fire Department paramedics arrived the man regained consciousness and started breathing on his own.  He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

“This is another example of our sheriff’s deputies taking quick, decisive action and saving another life,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.  “Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have saved over 25 lives to opioid overdose since the Naloxone program began just over two years ago.  While I am grateful for the lives saved we are currently in an opioid epidemic and are losing far too many lives to opioids.”

“This is the fourth overdose we responded to in the last ten days.  We saved three lives and one person died.  This is a major community-wide problem,”  said Undersheriff Ray Rose. “Overdose from opioids has become far too common and exactly why treatment is a critical component.  We as a community have to ensure those suffering from opioid addiction receive proper treatment to end this epidemic.”

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