The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
Jail staff were able to keep individuals from overdosing during two separate incidents last week. The first, on December 2, 2021 at about 1:27 PM, jail staff received an arrestee from Ukiah Police Department. As the male arrestee, a 26 year-old from Ukiah, was being brought into the facility, he was mumbling and began to collapse. Corrections Deputies and the intake nurse from NaphCare, our contract medical provider, immediately noticed that the arrestee was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a narcotic. The nurse retrieved Naloxone, which is kept in the intake room, and administered a single dose to the individual. The arresting officer notified emergency medical services as medical and correctional staff tended to the arrestee. The arrestee was still unresponsive and became pale.
While awaiting the arrival of emergency medical services, correctional staff administered a second dose of Naloxone. After the second dose, the arrestee became responsive and began talking to staff. Staff noticed that the arrestee was still fading in and out of consciousness and a third dose of Naloxone was administered. After a short time, the arrestee became more talkative and his color returned.
Emergency medical personnel arrived and the arrestee was transported to an area hospital where he was treated.
The second incident happened on December 5, 2021 at about 4:20 PM. NaphCare medical staff were conducting medication pass in a holding cell area of the facility. A corrections deputy saw an individual, a 36 year-old male arrestee from Covelo, sitting against a wall with his head down. The corrections deputy called out to him trying to elicit a response. When no response was received, correctional staff entered the cell and found that he was unresponsive. Staff lowered him to the floor where the nurse quickly assessed the individual and administered a dose of Naloxone. The arrestee still was not responsive so the nurse administered a second dose. The nurse began taking the person’s vital signs and noticed that the individual was beginning to respond. Correctional staff summoned emergency medical services and requested an ambulance.
When the ambulance arrived, the individual was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge the life-saving efforts made by our correctional staff and by the NaphCare nursing staff. We would also like to thank our community partners Ukiah Police Department, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Medstar Ambulance and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley for their assistance.