The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 11-27-2021 at approximately 3:09 P.M. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were handling an unrelated call for service in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.
As Deputies completed the call for service, a citizen flagged the Deputies down and advised them of a male subject who appeared passed out in front of the stores at a nearby shopping center.
The Deputies located and then contacted the adult male (32 year-old from Ukiah, CA) who they recognized from previous law enforcement contacts.
The Deputies tried to awake the adult male, but he did not respond as he was obviously unconscious. As the Deputies were attending to the adult male, they noticed drug paraphernalia consistent with opioid use in his hands.
It was at this time the Deputies noticed the adult male had short, shallow breathing and was most likely suffering from a potentially deadly drug overdose.
The Deputies placed the adult male flat on his back and requested immediate medical assistance from medical first responders (fire & ambulance) due to the possible drug overdose.
While waiting for medical to arrive, Deputies administered (4) four individual doses of Narcan to the adult male to try and reverse the affects of the overdose.
Shortly after administering the fourth dose of Narcan, the adult male became conscious and his breathing began returning to normal.
Due to the unavailability of medical first responders (fire & ambulance) because of multiple active medical related calls for service in the Ukiah area, Deputies quickly transported the adult male by patrol car to a local hospital where he was admitted and treated for a drug overdose.
In April 2019 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) began to issue NARCAN® (Naloxone HCI) nasal spray dosage units to its employees as part of their assigned personal protective equipment. MCSO’s goal is in protecting the public and officers from opioid overdoses. Access to naloxone is now considered vital in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control. The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard has reported Mendocino County ranking, per capita, 3rd in all opioid overdose deaths. (https://discovery.cdph.ca.gov/CDIC/ODdash/) Narcan nasal spray units are widely known to reverse opioid overdose situations in adults and children. Each nasal spray device contains a four milligram dose, according to the manufacturer. Naloxone Hydrochloride, more commonly known by the brand name NARCAN®, blocks the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose (both medications and narcotics) including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness.
The antidote can reverse the effects of an overdose for up to an hour, but anyone who administers the overdose reversal medication in a non-medical setting is advised to seek emergency medical help right away. The spray units can also be used by Public Safety Professionals who are unknowingly or accidentally exposed to potentially fatal amounts of fentanyl from skin absorption or inhalation.
The issuance of the Narcan nasal units, thus far, have been to employees assigned to the Field Services Division and the Mendocino County Jail medical staff. Employees are required to attend user training prior to being issued the medication.
Sheriff Matthew C. Kendall would like to thank Mendocino County HHSA Public Health for providing the Narcan nasal units to the Sheriff’s Office free of charge as part of the Free Narcan Grant from the California Department of Public Health.
Since the April 2019 issuance, there have now been (8) eight separate situations wherein Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeants/Deputies have administered NARCAN and saved the lives of (8) eight people in need of the life saving antidote medication.
In October 2021 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the California Naloxone Distribution Project through the Department of Health Care Services to help maintain an inventory of the live saving antidote.
The 192 dosage units will be distributed to the Field Services Division and Corrections Division as current inventories from Mendocino County HHSA Public Health are being exhausted.
Sheriff Matthew C. Kendall would like to thank the California Naloxone Distribution Project through the Department of Health Care Services for awarding the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office with the Naloxone grant to better help protect his employees and the public.