By Holly Harvey, Mill Creek Communications and Marketing Coordinator.
In response to the opioid crisis, the City of Mill Creek has made training for police officers and first responders a priority. And recently, officers used their training to counteract the effects of opioids.
On Friday, August 4, 2017, Mill Creek Police responded to a welfare check at an apartment complex in the 15500 block of Mill Creek Boulevard.
A 911 caller reported that a friend had sent a text indicating intent to commit suicide followed by a text stating “it’s done.”
When police officers arrived, they received no response at the door. Officers entered the apartment and found a 52-year-old woman unresponsive in bed. They attempted several times to rouse her but she did not respond.
Officers recognized that the woman was near Oxycodone, an opioid-based medication.
After verifying that the woman had a pulse and shallow breathing, Officer Nathan Lerma administered two doses of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, an emergency drug that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Within minutes, she regained consciousness.
Paramedics arrived to take over treatment, and transported the woman to the hospital. She is currently recovering after receiving additional treatment.
Mill Creek Police Officers were trained in the use and administration of Naloxone by the Snohomish County Human Services Department.
The Mill Creek Police Department has joined allied emergency services agencies in implementing this program in response to the opioid crisis.