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Clackamas Co. deputies use Narcan to save people overdosing on opioids

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CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Twice in the last two weeks, deputies and first responders have used nasal-spray canisters of Narcan to save people overdosing on opioids in Clackamas County.

Patrol deputies are now carrying the drug in their patrol vehicles. Narcan provides a dose of naloxone, which quickly blocks the effects of opioids, including heroin and various prescription pain pills, on the brain.

Narcan can prevent brain damage or death due to loss of oxygen.

On July 21, deputies responded to Fred Meyer on Johnson Creek Boulevard on a report of an unresponsive man who was found face down on the ground. His breathing was described as weak and labored.

Deputies used an atomizer with 2 mg of Narcan, with a half-dose in each nostril.

The man quickly woke up and was treated by medical first responders.

"The effect was nearly instantaneous," said Deputy John Gibson, who administered the life-saving dose.

Just after midnight Monday, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive male in the bathroom of Pogy's Subs on McLoughlin Boulevard.

Deputies said he had overdosed and was unresponsive and not breathing.

Deputies used sternum and chest compressions, which led to labored breathing. Narcan was then administered by firefighters and he regained normal breathing and consciousness before being taken to the hospital.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office adopted Narcan for field use five months ago.

Narcan can also be administered by pill or injection.

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