Woodburn police officers helped revive an unconscious man through the use of Narcan, a serum that can stop the effects of an opioid overdose, on the evening of July 3. Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris said it was the department's first save using Narcan since its officers were trained this spring in administering it.
According to a press release, Woodburn police officers responded to a report of an unconscious 22-year-old man, who reportedly has a history of heroin addiction, at around 6 p.m. July 3. When officers arrived the man was not breathing and had no pulse.
The officers began CPR and administered one dose of Narcan while awaiting medical transport. Once fire and medical crews arrived, they continued CPR and administered several more Narcan doses. The man was revived several minutes later, and was transported to the hospital for continued care.
This spring, Woodburn became the seventh known agency in Oregon with officers carrying the anti-opioid serum. Narcan, which is administered via a nasal spray, is one brand of the generic medication naloxone.
The department began training each of its sworn officers on how to administer Narcan in March and April this year. Now, every Woodburn officer carries the serum when on duty. Ferraris introduced a similar program to the Salem Police Department in 2015 when he was the deputy chief of that department.
The cost of the Narcan carried by the officers is reimbursed by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.