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New West police and Good Samaritans team up to save a man

A New West police officer — assisted by two Good Samaritans — revived an unconscious man with Naloxone.
A New Westminster police officer used naloxone to revive a man in downtown New West.

A New Westminster police officer revived a man with Naloxone with help from two Good Samaritans.

A member of the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) was conducting foot patrols on Alexander Street last Saturday (Aug. 19) at about 8:30 p.m. when he observed a male suddenly collapse, said a news release.

"The officer rushed to the male and observed he was unconscious and not breathing," the statement reads.

"Good Samaritans assisted the officer, and two doses of Naloxone were quickly administered. Soon after the doses of Naloxone, the man began to show signs of life."

The officer stayed with the man until he was assessed by BC Emergency Health Services and New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services.

"We're glad this officer located this individual when they did and were able to provide lifesaving intervention," said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Justine Thom.

"Naloxone is used often by our patrol members, and with great success — we’re thankful that all our members have access to it."

The NWPD adopted the use of Naloxone in February 2017 as a means of saving lives in opioid overdose situations.

The drug, which enters the body through a nasal spray, reverses the effects of opioids.