Santa Barbara Officers Revive Man Suffering From Two Consecutive Overdoses
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.