A Saline County man overdosed on drugs but was revived after deputies administered NARCAN (naloxone).
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, January 10, 2022, a 29-year-old male was suffering from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that the DEA states is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
Deputies arrived at a residence on Country Estates Road in the Salem community outside the Benton city limits to find a female performing CPR on a 29-year-old white male on the front porch. The female had reported to the 911 operator that her friend came to her home and collapsed. According to the report, she told deputies the male had a long history of using fentanyl.
When he stopped breathing the female began CPR. When deputies arrived, they administered Narcan and continued CPR until the male began breathing on his own. The male was taken to the hospital by Pafford Ambulance.
NARCAN was once available to law enforcement through a grant, but that grant funding has expired. The Sheriff’s office advises that the public can help by contacting a local pharmacy and purchasing NARCAN nasal spray. Then just drop it off at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office in the front office. The address is 735 S. Neeley Street in Benton.