A First For The Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Sunday November 24, 2019

     Last Thursday afternoon in Moorpark there was a first by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

   It involved an overdose victim in the 5500 block of Grimes Canyon Road.

   The first emergency responder to arrive on scene was a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy who found the 35-year-old man was not breathing and determined he was suffering from an opioid overdose.

   That's when the deputy did something that the Ventura County Sheriff's Office has never done before and he administered Naloxone (Narcan) to the victim.

   Almost immediately, the victim began breathing again and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

   The Sheriff's Office began equipping patrol cars with Naloxone kits in August.

   It administers the medication through the nasal passages with a nasal spray.

   Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids but it does not work on other drugs.

   The Sheriff's Office urges people to call 9-1-1 immediately at the first sign of such an overdose.

   It says they will not arrest individuals for being under the influence of possessing drugs who call for help or area experiencing an overdose.

   Naloxone kits are also available to the public through Ventura County Behavioral Health.