Two California inmates appeared to have overdosed. Others around them saved their lives

Los Angeles County authorities say the quick thinking of inmates at the North County Correctional Facility helped save at least two lives earlier this week.

On Wednesday evening, deputies and staff in the facility responded to two inmates in medical distress and found the two unconscious andsuffering from possible overdoses,” a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
But fellow inmates had already administered Naloxonealso known as Narcanto those two people, preventing what could have been apotential tragic outcome,” el comunicado dijo.
      The drug, designed to reverse opioid overdoses, is sometimes called asave shot.”
        The sheriff’s department recently kicked off a pilot programat the direction of Sheriff Alex Villanuevathat allows inmates access to Narcan, el comunicado dijo. Inmates watch an instructional video on how to administer the drug during an orientation, agregó.
          After deputies and staff responded to the two inmates, a third person soon began to complain of dizziness and all three were treated by medical staff and taken to a local hospital, el comunicado dijo. Several hours later, they returned to the facility.
          With opioid overdoses on the rise, (the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) wants to ensure that inmate safety is of utmost priority,” Villanueva said in una declaración en Twitter.
            I have implemented a Narcan Custody Pilot Project. In less than ten days the pilot project saved three inmates from an opioid overdose,” él dijo.
            If the program continues to save lives, el comunicado dijo, the department will expand it to all custody facilities.




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