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Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy saves man from overdose with new medicine

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A man was saved from an opioid overdose after a Ventura County Deputy administered Naloxone.

MOORPARK, Calif. - Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a 35-year-old man who had stopped breathing on Thursday.

Officers drove to the 5500 block of Grimes Canyon Road in Moorpark at about 2:40 p.m.

The first deputy arrived that on the scene determined that the man was suffering from an opioid overdose and immediately administered Naloxone (Narcan).

Police said moments after, the victim began breathing on his own and was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

This was the first victim saved from the administration of Naloxone by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office began equipping patrol vehicles with Naloxone kits in August.

The Sheriff's Office said that Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses including heroin, morphine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.

The medicine is administered through the nose in a similar form to nasal spray.

Naloxone kits are available to the public through Ventura County Behavioral Health.

The Office requests that individuals call 911 at the first sign that someone may be having an overdose or medical emergency. Law enforcement will not arrest people for being under the influence or possessing drugs if they call for help or are experiencing an overdose.

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