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Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s deputies used naloxone to save the life of a Bayou Blue woman who had overdosed from heroin on Christmas Eve according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

At around 10 a.m. on December 24, 2019, deputies responded to Lake Long Drive in Bayou Blue in reference to a possible overdose. A man was driving home with his wife when she became unresponsive. Recognizing a possible opioid overdose, deputies administered naloxone to the woman. Within seconds, she began to recover and show signs of improvement. She also admitted to deputies to having used heroin approximately one hour prior. The woman was then transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Naloxone HCl, which is sold under brand names such as Narcan and Evzio, is used as a temporary antidote to treat an opioid overdose. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained naloxone injectors at no cost to the agency in November 2017 from the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. The LPSO has also acquired naloxone nasal spray applicators through a grant from the South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority. Many deputies carry the agency-issued naloxone applicators after undergoing proper training for use.