JOHNSONVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Less than a week after receiving training on how to use the drug Narcan, a Florence County deputy deployed it on an unconscious person who suffered an apparent overdose.
According to a press release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office, the deputy responded to the overdose call on Hanna Lake Road near Johnsonville on Saturday.
The deputy reportedly found the victim "unconscious, unresponsive and with symptoms of agonal breathing."
According to the release, the deputy deployed Narcan by way of a nasal inhaler. One minute later, the victim was breathing and responsive.
The victim was later taken to an area hospital for further treatment.
On Tuesday, March 21, approximately 62 FCSO deputies attended a training put on by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on the use of Narcan, according to the release. It is known to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if administered in time.
Officers from other local agencies also took part in the training.
"We knew that with this training it was only matter of time before one of our deputies would save a life," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. "We just didn't know it would be less than a week. Thanks to the training and quick thinking of our deputy, this individual now has a second chance at life and we hope that they will make the decision to get help."