Southern Md. Police Beat: Woman saved from heroin overdose by Deputy Vincent Pontorno

Southern Maryland Police BeatGreat Mills, Maryland  St. Mary’s County Md. Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that the training given to the agency’s deputies has paid off in preventing another likely heroin overdose.
Naxalone kitThe Sheriff reports that on April 2, 2015, Deputy Vincent Pontorno responded to a residence on Chancellor’s Run Road after 9 1 1 received a report of an adult female having difficulty breathing. Deputy Pontorno arrived first on the scene and quickly assessed the woman who was unresponsive. As a precaution, Deputy Pontorno administered a dose of Naloxone. She immediately regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, has trained and equipped all Sheriff’s Office deputies with Naloxone. Naloxone is a fast-acting opioid antagonist administered through the nostril. When a person is suspected of overdosing on an opioid, such as hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, or heroin, (the illegal, non-prescriptive form of an opioid), Naloxone can reverse induced respiratory depression when administered in a timely manner and substantially reduce the probability of death.
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