South Portland police utilize Narcan for 1st time

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Police administered their first dose of Narcan to reverse a a drug overdose Nov. 12 after an unconscious man was found in a car on Broadway.

The man was not breathing and had no pulse when officers arrived, according to a Police Department press release from Lt. Frank Clark.

It was determined that the man, identified only as 29 and from Westbrook, was suffering from an opioid overdose. Officer Theodore Sargent administered one dose of naloxone, or Narcan – a nasal spray designed to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses – and started CPR.

When those efforts failed, Sargent administered a second dose of Narcan and continued CPR until emergency medical services arrived, according to the release.

The man was revived and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was later transported to the Cumberland County Jail, where he was booked on outstanding arrest warrants and violating conditions of release.

Further charges, including operating a vehicle under the influence, are possible, police said.