Cops Save Woman from Heroin Overdose
A New York City woman is recovering at White Plains Hospital after police used the heroin antidote Narcan to revive her from an overdose on Monday.
Police were dispatched to 50 Bank St. shortly after noon on reports of a woman slumped over the steering wheel of a car.The woman, who turns 22 on Friday, was found with a syringe in her arm. She was not breathing, turning blue, had a very low pulse and was unresponsive, police said.
Acting quickly, patrol Sgt. Vincenzo Battaglia used a nasal sprayer to administer a dose of Narcan to the woman.
After about three minutes, police said, she regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital.
White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong praised Battaglia's "quick response and recognition of the symptoms".
"He recognized the seriousness of the situation, applied the Narcan quickly and undoubtedly saved this young woman's life," Chong said.
Since it was introduced in New York last year, Narcan has been used successfully in a number of overdose cases in the Lower Hudson Valley. Most recently, police in Stony Point used the drug to revive a woman on March 1.