Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On July 25, 2021, around 4:00 am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communication Center (CCC) received a 9-1-1 call from a community member reporting there was a subject not breathing in the restroom of a local convenience store located in the 300 block of West Montecito Street. The dispatcher taking the call was providing emergency medical dispatch (EMD) instructions to the community member over the phone.

Officers responded with lights and sirens and were first on scene ahead of paramedics. Officer Amezquita and Officer Prelesnik located the subject and both quickly identified the signs of an opioid overdose, administering Narcan to the unresponsive subject. After Officer Amezquita and Officer Prelesnik administered the life-saving medication, the subject started breathing again and dramatically improved. Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the ill subject to Cottage Hospital for further treatment. Opioid narcotic paraphernalia was located in the restroom.

The following day, on July 26, 2021, around 1:00 am, Santa Barbara Police CCC received another overdose call at the same location, where it appeared the same subject from previous call needed emergency medical aid for another overdose. Officers Marquez and McBeth responded with lights and sirens to the location while the dispatcher was providing EMD instructions to the 9-1-1 caller.

Officer Marquez and Officer McBeth were the first responders on scene, immediately recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and administered a second dose of Narcan in less than 24 hours to the subject who was not breathing and slightly blue. After Narcan was administered, Officer McBeth started rescue breathing until paramedics arrived on scene. The subject started to breath on their own and was transported to Cottage Hospital for medical treatment.


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doulie Jul 30, 2021 12:49 PM
Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses

IMO there should not be an emergency police response for OD calls. The addict knows each "fix" could be lethal yet they choose to continue "using." Emergency calls of this type subject responders and people on their route to injury if a vehicle accident were to occur. Police should respond in the event the person becomes violent, otherwise, let ambulance personnel handle the "emergency" part of the OD. This is to include the waste of a dose of Narcan.

doulie Jul 30, 2021 05:52 PM
Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses

A-1859 - I didn't write people that OD should be left to die. It's my opinion that only ambulance personnel should proceed lights and siren to an OD. This would be for the safety of first responders and citizens in their route to the OD. I said nothing about a call of this type being an inconvenience. All I referred to about any "cost" is what, in my opinion, is the "waste of a dose of Narcan" used to revive the person. If the person was concerned about their life they wouldn't be injecting a substance into their body they know could kill them. What is it that you refer to as your "moral compass?"

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 30, 2021 03:00 PM
Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses

No one steps in for a smoker or people eating themselves into diabetes & heart failure.
Two ODs back to back. Seriously!
I’d say after the first OD you’re on your own.
What’s the law & punishment for public illegal drug use?

Right, no consequences. What would deter such drug use?

PitMix Aug 02, 2021 09:56 AM
Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses

Are there resources to actually help this person fight their addiction and beat it? Or are we just saving their life so we can read about the 3rd overdose in coming days?
Just seems like the drugs that we've created are stronger than our brains. Not sure what the solution to that is.

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