Lake County Deputies Save 25th Person From Opioid Overdose This Year

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Lake County sheriff’s office saved a 25th person from overdosing on opioids this year on Friday.

At 11:44 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to a parking lot in the 20500 block of North Rand Road in north suburban Deer Park for a report of an overdose, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies found a 23-year-old man unconscious and not breathing inside in the passenger seat of a vehicle, sheriff’s police said. The other people inside the vehicle told the deputies that the man injected heroin and lost consciousness.

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Sheriff’s deputies administered Naloxone and the man regained consciousness and began breathing again. He was taken to a local hospital for assessment.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “It’s clear we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic – and our statistics prove this.  This year alone, we’ve saved the lives of 25 people to opioid overdose. …We want the community to know – if you are in need of help, just ask!  Please visit our website to see a list of resources available to you and your loved ones.”

Of the 25 people saved by the sheriff’s office this year, the average age is 29, the statement said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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