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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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Mimi Chesnut March 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I hope this young man gets the help he needs. My heart breaks for my friend we lost 4 years ago...I am glad the police are getting this training! Make it available to every dept!
new guy March 16, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I hear the KPFD has been needing to use this drug also. It's sad to see so many kids so messed up on drugs.
Mrs. T. March 16, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Stop with the negative news about Northport & surrounds. Northport looks no better in your news reports than some inner-city ghetto. Find some positive news!
Jason Molinet March 16, 2013 at 07:44 PM
All in how you look at it. This person was saved!
Community Member March 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Mrs. T, you need to open your eyes to the issue here. Northport has a major drug problem along with every other town on Long Island. You do not need to visit an "inner city ghetto" to find drugs. I would hope that you educate yourself and realize that people of all races, in all neighborhoods, whether it be rich or poor have a drug problem. Most of the kids that are doing drugs here in Northport are from wealthy families because they have the money, so time to face reality.
Mrs. T. March 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM
N'prtr I grew up in Northport in the 60's and 70's. There was a drug problem then, as now. The reasons there was and is a drug problem is not because 'some would prefer to bury everything wrong with our community under the rug'. My comment was not generated due a fear of 'negative publicity' and/or concern regarding falling property values; but rather because I believe there are many good, positive stories about Northport, (the initiatives taken by the community and schools for instance) and I'd rather read stories highlighting possible solutions to problems than a dead-ended negative report. Community Member: Per my comments above, I am neither unaware nor blind to the issue of drugs in Northport. I am also acutely aware that Northport is a 92.04% white, mostly affluent community. But you misunderstood my point (which was not about socio-economic inequalities). I would simply like to see more a more positive slant on news from Northport - a gorgeous, vibrant community, whose police force is so up-to-date and pro-active that they were able to SAVE a young person in trouble.
Tyson March 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM
What we need to do is prosecute all overdose victims unless they give up the dealers. Cut the heads of the dealers off, and you have no drug problem. Drug dealers should be liquidated once and for all. You can see them advertise on facebook and the police can't do anything about it. We need to hire hitmen to do the job.
Tyson March 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Heroin is the drug of choice now, since the enforsement of oxy and other drugs. Heroin is cheap and you don't have to be wealthy to buy it. It cost the same as a big mac and a soda. These lost kids just have a need to get high and the dealers, who are too stupid to make a living in a real job, are preying on them.These drugs are being sold by kids in northport to other northport kids. The names have not changed in the last 4 years. Everyone knows who they are. Just wait until a connected mob guy's kid overdoses, and see what happens. Suddenly the dealers will all go away never to be heard from again..
Harold Bleding March 17, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Ignorance at it's finest.
Community Member March 17, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The State needs to crack down on the doctors writing these prescriptions for Oxy in large doses and for someone who really doesn't need that. Another issue is parents need to go through their medicine cabinets at home and make sure there aren't any of these drugs in the house. Police are making arrests the problem is the plea bargaining and the sentences don't fit the crime. Judges and Parole Boards need to sit tight and leave these people in jail.
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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