Libertyville police revive heroin overdose victim using naloxone

  • A police officer practices assembling an inhaler during officer training of the use of a new heroin overdose nose spray.

      A police officer practices assembling an inhaler during officer training of the use of a new heroin overdose nose spray. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

Libertyville police have become the third Lake County law enforcement agency to revive an overdose victim through the use of department-issued naloxone, authorities said.

Libertyville officers responded to the 1100 block of West Park Avenue at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday for an unresponsive, 22-year-old man laying on the bathroom floor, authorities said.

Officers determined the victim was barely breathing and suffering from an apparent opiate overdose, authorities said.

The officers administered a dose of naloxone to the victim, authorities said. He regained consciousness within 30 seconds and was able to communicate with police.

He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for evaluation and treatment, officials said, It was determined the victim had ingested heroin and suffered an overdose.

"The Libertyville Police Department is one of numerous Lake County agencies that have trained and equipped officers with naloxone in recent months," Chief Clint Herdegen said. "This incident is the first recorded use and save for Libertyville PD since the program was implemented in late 2014."

This is the third time naloxone has been used by police officers to resuscitate an overdose victim in Lake County. Lake County sheriff's deputies revived a person in Green Oaks on Jan. 31, and Deerfield police revived a victim Christmas Day.

Law enforcement officials trained since July to put naloxone into the hands of all patrolmen, authorities said. Currently, 35 of 41 departments in Lake County are trained to have officers carry naloxone, authorities said.

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