A quick-thinking off-duty Connecticut State Police trooper and several well-intentioned Good Samaritans may have helped save the life of a potential overdose victim who was driving on I-95, according to police.
Troopers received reports of a man parked on the right shoulder of I-95 at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, near exit 36 in Milford, according to state police in Bridgeport. There were also reports of multiple motorists who had stopped on the shoulder near the vehicle and were aiding the driver, who was allegedly having a seizure outside the vehicle on the side of the road.
State Police dispatchers notified paramedics in the area, and an off-duty trooper heard the call, and responded to the scene.
According to the off-duty trooper, the unresponsive motorist was showing signs of an opiate overdose and Narcan was administered, saving his life. Once the motorist began to regain consciousness, paramedics arrived at the scene in short order, and the 22-year-old man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. He’s since been released.
Police officials said that troopers “first became trained in how to recognize the signs of an opiate overdose and how to administer Narcan in 2014. Every Connecticut State Trooper carries a Narcan kit in their assigned state police vehicle.”
“Heroin use is not only illegal, but it is dangerous to the user, and potentially, to the people around them,” police stated. “Those that choose to use heroin then operate a vehicle put other motorists, good Samaritans and first responders at further risk.”
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