Officers Make Eighth Overdose Save

Officers made yet another life-saving use of Naloxone yesterday after a downtown bike patrol in downtown Seattle spotted an unconscious man outside Westlake Mall in downtown Seattle.

Officers Randy Jokela and Jason Drummond were on bike patrol in downtown Seattle around 2 PM Tuesday when they spotted the man lying in an alcove. The man was pale unconscious, and officers found a spoon and a syringe nearby, indicating he had likely recently used heroin

Officer Drummond gave the man a dose of nasal Naloxone and Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and took over treatment of the man, who regained consciousness before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

This incident marks the eighth time officers have successfully used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March. The case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington  law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.