La Porte Police Respond to First Opiate Overdose of The Year

Feb 3, 2017

It's early into 2017 and LaPorte Police have already responded to incidents in which a person overdosed on opiates, or was thought to have experienced a drug overdose.  LaPorte Police Department Captain Thomas Thate,  who is the Chief Detective of the Detective Bureau says the department had it's first-of-the-year Narcan deployment on January 28th.  Narcan is the antidote used for the treatment of an opiate emergency, such as an overdose.  The victim Thate says was a white male in his late thirties.  An ambulance responded and the emergency crew determined he had possibly overdosed on an opiate-based narcotic.  Thate says there was a second incident on January 31st in which a white male in his late twenties appeared to be passed out on the pavement of a parking lot in the 100 block of East Lincolnway.  Thate says in that incident, the Narcan deployment was not a life-saving issue because the second man didn't have opiates in his system.  His life was saved because he was found in-time and taken to the hospital.  Nobody was arrested in either incident.  LaPorte Police and Fire started carrying Narcan to use in opiate overdose emergencies around November of 2015.
 

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