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Deputies Help to Save Two Overdose Victims Over the Weekend

Published: 2/6/2017

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Captain John Watterson

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputies helped to save two people who were experiencing life-threatening overdoses this past weekend. In both cases the Deputies were able to use Narcan to reverse the effects of the drugs, which led to the victims regaining consciousness and getting further treatment. A brief synopsis of each case is below, with the names and other identifying information withheld due to medical privacy regulations.

  • Friday 2/3/17 @ 11:30 pm: Deputies dispatched to Harvard St in Red Hook for a call of an overdose. The male victim, who was unconscious upon arrival, was administered two doses of Narcan – one by the Deputy and one by EMS. The victim then regained consciousness and was transported to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital for treatment. 
  • Sunday 2/5/17 @ 12:15 am: Deputies responded to Route 82 in the Town of LaGrange for a call of an overdose. Upon arrival the female victim was observed to be unconscious and not breathing, at which time the Deputies immediately administered Narcan and began CPR. The victim then started breathing again and regained consciousness before being transported to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital for treatment. 

In both of these cases investigation has revealed that heroin is the drug responsible for the overdoses, and both cases are still under investigation. Sheriff Anderson and all of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office are very proud of these Deputies and the swift actions that they took to help save the lives of these victims, however these cases also highlight the unfortunate reality that heroin and other drugs are continuing to threaten lives in Dutchess County and beyond. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work diligently with local and federal law enforcement, as well as medical professionals and community groups, in the ongoing effort to combat this deadly issue.