Ventura County, CA Harbor Patrol Saves Opioid Victim Using Naloxone

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Members of the Ventura Harbor Patrol revived an overdose victim for the first time on Thursday evening, according to authorities.

The Ventura County Star reports that the Patrol responded to a call at 5:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of Anchors Way Drive.

Responders arrived on scene two minutes after they were dispatched and found the victim inside a parked car suffering from overdose symptoms.

The officers administered naloxone to the victim, who was later transported to Ventura County Medical Center.

The victim, an adult male, was reported to have made a full recovery from the incident, according to Harbor Patrol.

According to city officials, Ventura police responded to 214 overdose calls for service between January 2017 and August 2018.

Naloxone hydrochloride (also known as naloxone, NARCAN® or EVZIO®) is a drug that can temporarily stop many of the life-threatening effects of overdoses from opioids. Naloxone can help restore breathing and reverse the sedation and unconsciousness that are common during an opioid overdose.

The number of calls is due in part to the rise in the availability of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is exponentially more potent than other opioids such as heroin or morphine, making it easier to overdose at lower amounts.

According to the CDC, analysis of a national database of EMS events found that from 2012 to 2016, the rate of naloxone administrations increased 75.1%, from 573.6 to 1004.4 per 100,000 EMS events, mirroring a 79.7% increase in the age-adjusted opioid mortality rate.

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