Then they used it to save two more lives in a 24-hour period, according to a news release.
Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies used Narcan, the drug administrated to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to save the same man's life twice in 12 hours.
Dec. 1, deputies responded to a home on Sloganeer Trail in reference to a possible overdose. The victim was motionless and unresponsive in his bathroom, according to an FCSO news release.
The victim regained consciousness only after deputies administered three doses of Narcan. He was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, and later discharged.
Less than 12 hours later, he overdosed again, was again revived with Narcan, and was again hospitalized.
“This highlights the problem every community in America faces,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. "First responders give them a second chance by saving their life, but there is no treatment for the addiction, so they leave the hospital and go and find another 'fix' and the cycle repeats itself. We need to work together as a community and state to make sure that more treatment is available for people who are struggling to overcome drug abuse."
Shortly after the victim was taken to the hospital for the second overdose, deputies responded to two other overdoses calls and used Narcan in both of them, reviving both patients.
So far in 2018, the FCSO has responded to 54 overdose calls and administered Narcan dozens of times., according to the news release.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact the Florida Department of Health Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
The Narcan used by FCSO deputies to save these lives was received under a state grant at no cost to the agency or to taxpayers, according to the news release.