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Officers Use Naloxone on Man Found Overdosing in Freeway Park

Bicycle officers once again were able to use their department-issued Naloxone to reverse the effects of a potentially fatal drug overdose.

On July 6th, just before 4:30 pm, West Precinct bicycle officers Canek Gordillo and Erik Eastgard were dispatched to a reported drug overdose in Freeway Park.  Officers arrived and located an unresponsive man lying near a walkway inside the park with drug paraphernalia nearby.  Seattle Fire paramedics were also on the scene as one officer administered the Naloxone while paramedics began CPR on the 47-year-old man.  Shortly after the naloxone dose was administered a pulse was detected, and the man began breathing again on his own.  A few minutes after that the man opened his eyes and sat up.

He was transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

This incident marks the 20th time officers have used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March 2016.  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.