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Police Save OD Victim

Suffolk Police officers save man in Fort Salonga home early Saturday.

A man who overdosed on heroin was saved by quick-acting Suffolk County Police officers Saturday morning in Fort Salonga.

Four Second Precinct officers responded to an Old Bridge Road home for an unresponsive man at 6:04 a.m. 

Police said the 20-year-old victim was passed out in his bedroom from an apparent overdose. 

Officer Joseph Mango administered intranasal Narcan and the man was rushed to Huntington Hospital by the East Northport Rescue Squad. The man regained consciousness en route to the hospital.

Officers Barbara Hernandez, Shane Wild and Michael Guido also assisted.   

The department is participating in the state Department of Health pilot program involving the deployment of intranasal Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse opiate overdoses. 

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Phil E. March 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Might be a good idea to take advantage of the free in-home test kits offered by Sherff DeMarco's Office... or make an appointment to visit the young jail population.in Riverhead. Go to www.suffolkcountyny.gov/sheriff
Cathy March 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM
How do we do that when many of the drug dealers are big pharmaceutical companies and doctors?
FYI March 18, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Mrs. T... I didn't misunderstand your point. You were simply unclear. But now that you've expanded your thoughts, what the heck does your comment "I am also acutely aware that Northport is a 92.04% white, mostly affluent community" infer?
andthentherewerenone March 19, 2013 at 02:44 PM
So glad you all have the answers... How many of you have been directly affected by an immediately family member doing drugs? How many have seen the overdose playing out right before your eyes? How many have seen them code in the Emergency Room and watched medical professionals work feverishly to save them? The biggest problem is that there are no affordable programs for these users to go into. Everything costs money, many of these young adults are without health insurance and if they have health insurance the company will only approve a short term treatment plan.. Then what do you do? The predator drug dealer is waiting just outside the door. You pray every day that your loved one does not slip backwards... It is an unbelievable temptation for these addicts and sometimes no matter how successful they are, it only takes one time to be weak and you can be right back where you started from or dead!
villager March 20, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Can't sugarcoat the realities of Northport's problems, and sticking your head in the sand when they're reported only leaves you in the dark. Putting a 'positive slant' on local news sounds like you don't want honest reporting about our community, just upbeat propaganda. And let's give credit where it's due -- the story says that Suffolk County Police made the save in Ft.Salonga, not Npt's "up-to-date and pro-active" police.

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