MIAMI COUNTY — A Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputy administered Narcan to revive a 23-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a Bradford home on Wednesday.
The incident was reported at 9:30 a.m. Deputy Jeremy Adams arrived at 206 W. James St. in Bradford after a 9-1-1 call reported Gabe Ferguson, 23, of Bradford, was unresponsive from an apparent opiate overdose.
Deputy Adams administered Naloxone Hydrochloride — also known as Narcan — before Bradford EMS arrived at the location soon after the first dose was administered.
Bradford EMS administered a second dose since Ferguson was not responding. After the second dose of Naloxone Hydrochloride was administered, Ferguson responded and opened his eyes. After the investigation was completed, Ferguson was taken into custody and taken to Upper Valley Medical Center. He was medically cleared for incarceration. Ferguson was incarcerated for drug possession and possessing a drug abuse instrument.
He remains incarcerated in the Miami County Jail with a $15,000 bond.
On July 17, Deputy Adams also used Narcan to revive a 30-year-old male who was unresponsive on North Rangeline Road in Newberry Township.
Deputies had previously been trained for the usage and administration of Naloxone, which can help reverse overdoses of opioid drugs, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak. Naloxone is currently carried by deputies in an effort to save lives as they are often first on the scene of overdose calls, Duchak said.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been carrying supplies of Narcan since mid-May, according to Duchak.
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