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Annapolis Officer Saves Heroin User Minutes After Completing Training

An Annapolis police officer administered Narcan to a man who allegedly overdosed on heroin. The officer had completed training on the drug just minutes earlier.

Officer Justin Goods administered Narcan to a man who allegedly overdosed on heroin. Credit: File|Patch
Officer Justin Goods administered Narcan to a man who allegedly overdosed on heroin. Credit: File|Patch
Annapolis police officer Justin Goods saved a man from a suspected heroin overdose just ten minutes after he had finished training on how to administer a drug that reverses a potentially fatal opiate overdose.

In an effort to combat rising heroin use and overdoses, Anne Arundel County Police Department announced in May that officers for several agencies would be trained to administer Narcan and and carry the drug with them, Patch previously reported. Officers are often first on the scene of an overdose where a user may have breathing problems or have stopped breathing.

“The heroin problem that exists is not isolated to Anne Arundel County, and this is not an issue that law enforcement can arrest their way out of,” said Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis last month. “A holistic approach, involving education, treatment and enforcement, is needed to tackle this disease. One of the major tenets of law enforcement is to protect lives and I believe that outfitting officers with Narcan is an invaluable tool in the effort to save people from losing their battles with substance abuse.”

When Goods arrived at the unit block of Amos Garrett Boulevard on Monday, he found a 24-year-old Annapolis man showing the symptoms of a heroin overdose: the man was unresponsive, not breathing and turning blue. Goods administered the drug Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, through a nasal injection.

By the time Annapolis Fire Department crews arrived on the scene, the patient’s condition was improving. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was conscious and alert.

“This is an example of priceless work done by Annapolis police officers,” said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop. “At the heart of our purpose is to protect and help people. Fortunately, our officer arrived quickly and took action to help save a life.”

Training to use Narcan began a week ago. More than 80 officers have been trained and now carry the drug on patrol. The remaining officers are slated to finish training by the end of the week.

“I want to thank Fire Chief David Stokes and his team who provided the training to our police officers on how to administer Narcan,” Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides said. “This is proof of how effective partnerships with the city can save lives.”

So far in 2014, at the time of the first Patch story, 85 people in Anne Arundel County have suffered heroin overdoses -- 12 were fatal.
Crime Solver June 19, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Pat on the back for Officer Goods! Not only did he save this victim from their own demise but also saved a family from mourning and a drug dealer from getting a murder charge! As sad as this heroin epidemic is effecting our area, it's a relief to know officers are able to respond quickly and intervine

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