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Narcan Saves Life of Pierre Man

Narcan Saves Life of Pierre Man


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :   Tuesday, May 24, 2016   
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605)773-3215   


Narcan Saves Life of Pierre Man

PIERRE, S.D.-  Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer confirm a life was saved with the use of Narcan last night in Pierre. Emergency Responders arrived at a Pierre residence where CPR was being administered to an unresponsive male. Emergency Responders administered a dose of Narcan, which successfully resuscitated the individual.  The individual was then transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment. 
“Equipping emergency responders and law enforcement personnel with Narcan provides a valuable tool to deal with opioid and heroin overdoses,” said Jackley. “Emergency responders are faced with difficult work each day and having Narcan readily available will help them to save more lives.”

“It is imperative that if a drug overdose is suspected that those involved contact law enforcement immediately. The ability to administer Narcan could make the difference between life and death,” said Chief Panzer.

The Attorney General’s Office sponsored legislation in 2015 that would enable all first responders to carry naloxone, a medicine to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. Having naloxone available is a cost-effective way to save lives especially to our rural first responders. Attorney General Jackley has authorized the use of available drug control funds to assist units of local government and first responders with the purchase of the Narcan agent.

South Dakota suffered 32 accidental drug overdose deaths in 2013, 42 in 2014 and 41 in 2015, several of which heroin was a contributing factor.