by Tina Johansson
On March 10 and March 16 Lake County Sheriff’s deputies armed with the lifesaving opioid-reversing antidote Naloxone saved the lives of two people who would have otherwise died from drug overdoses.
The latest life saved was in Beach Park. On March 16 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 10500 block of West Talmadge Avenue.
When they arrived they found an unresponsive 37 year-old man. Quickly assessing the situation as a drug overdose, Deputy Alexis Rachwalski administered two doses of Naloxone to the man before paramedics arrived. Paramedics administered additional Naloxone when they arrived at the scene, and the man regained consciousness.
After CPR and six doses of Naloxone, the man began breathing on his own and regained consciousness.
He was transported to Vista East Hospital in Waukegan where he’s expected to make a full recovery, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office.
Also, on March 10 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Hunt Club Road and Millburn Road in Newport Township for a report of a person unresponsive in a vehicle.
When they arrived, deputies found the victim, a 29 year-old man, of Trevor, Wis., unconscious and not breathing. Sheriff’s deputies learned the man had ingested heroin before becoming unresponsive. Sergeant Robb Briggs began performing CPR on the man, while Deputy Tyler Girmscheid administered Naloxone. Because the man still didn’t respond, Deputy Ashley Pomazal administered additional doses of Naloxone.
After CPR and six doses of Naloxone, the man began breathing on his own and regained consciousness. He was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he is expected to make a full recovery.