Officers Use Naloxone to Revive Man in Downtown Parking Garage

Officers revived a man suffering from an overdose Wednesday evening after finding him unconscious in a downtown parking garage.

Around 9:30 PM, a 29-year-old man was found overdosing on the third floor of the garage, in the 600 block of Pine Street. Officers William Griffin and Ryan Keith arrived and found the man lying on the ground next to a car. He was sweating, his lips had turned blue and the color had drained from his body. A syringe lay on the ground next to him.

Officers administered a dose of nasal Naloxone and, a short time later, the man regained consciousness. He began talking to officers and was transported by Seattle Fire to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

This incident marks the 13th 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.