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South Pasadena Police Officers Save Life Using Narcan for 1st Time

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    South Pasadena Police Officers Save Life Using Narcan for 1st Time
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    File Photo: A narcan nasal spray (naloxone) is held up in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    South Pasadena police officers Saturday used Narcan for the first time to save the life of a man suffering from a drug overdose, authorities said.

    The 21 year-old man was reported down and unresponsive at 12:53 p.m. in the 1100 block of Indiana Avenue after snorting Oxycodone, police said.

    Arriving officers found the man unresponsive, not breathing and without a pulse, authorities said.

    The officers immediately administered one dose of Narcan nasal spray and started CPR, police said. South Pasadena paramedics continued medical support and the man was conscious and breathing on his own by the time he was taken to a hospital, they said.

    It was the first save since South Pasadena police received approval March 12 from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency to implement a program using the opioid antagonist Naloxone HCI spray, officials said. Officers were trained to administer the medication and each officer was issued two doses to deploy in the field.

    Information provided at narcan.com indicate that anyone can purchase Narcan directly from a pharmacist without a prescription.

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