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Transit Police save woman's life with Naloxone kit

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NICTD Transit Police administered a potentially lifesaving dosage of Naloxone to a Lake Station woman found unresponsive on Friday at Millennium Station.

Naloxone--marketed under its more commonly known brand name, Narcan--is used to reverse the effects of opioids like heroin, morphine, and oxycodone.

According to police, at 2 p.m. Transit Police officers were advised of a “woman down” somewhere at Millennium, as several thousand South Shore passengers were boarding trains to return to Indiana following the Cubs World Series Parade. Officers, assisted by Metra Police, located her--an 18-year-old Lake Station woman--and summoned an ambulance.

The millions who had gathered for the parade and were crowding the streets, however, led to an “extended response time” from the Chicago FD ambulance, police said. A nearby Chicago FD captain and paramedics accordingly responded on bicycles and were assisted at the scene by an off-duty Gary firefighter and a nurse, both of them South Shore passengers.

Meanwhile, Transit Police Officer Raul Agosto, who carries a Naloxone emergency kit on his protective vest, gave his unit to Transit Police Lt. Jessie Watts, Jr. who actually administered the nasal dosage to the patient. “The woman quickly regained consciousness and was stabilized for an ambulance transport to Northwestern Memorial Hospital,” police said.

Transit Police officers were issued Naloxone kits this summer and this is the first time they have had to use the drug.

“This young woman was incredibly fortunate to have been found so quickly and then cared for by such a talented team of emergency responders,” Transit Police Chief Robert Byrd said.


Posted 11/7/2016




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