Quick action saves man overdosing on heroin | AspenTimes.com

Quick action saves man overdosing on heroin

A man survived a heroin overdose in downtown Aspen on Thursday night thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, dispatchers and his friends, a police official said.

The man, in his mid-20s and thought to be an Aspen resident, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, though his condition was not available Thursday.

Emergency dispatchers received a call about “a person unconscious from taking narcotics” at an apartment complex on East Hopkins Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, said Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn.

Dispatchers assessed the man’s symptoms over the phone and directed people in the apartment to begin CPR on the man, Linn said. An Aspen police officer and a Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the apartment, took over CPR efforts on the man and were able to revive him, he said.

Law enforcement personnel on the scene found a needle nearby the victim, who is believed to be a resident of the apartment, and confirmed he’d ingested heroin, Linn said. It was not clear Thursday if heroin was seized at the apartment.

Aspen police officers do not carry Narcan, an overdose-reversal drug, though Linn said his department has been clearing the legal hurdles to be able to do so for the past five to six months. He said heroin is not historically something his officers encounter, though that is changing.

“It continues to grow more prominent on our radar,” he said.

A 23-year-old man died of a suspected heroin overdose less than two weeks ago in the Carbondale area, according to police and the Garfield County coroner last week.

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