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Early on Friday, June 8, the Apache Junction Police Department was dispatched to the Circle K store at 2933 S. Tomahawk on a medical assist call. Upon arrival, responding officers, Corporal B. Selman, Officer’s K. Eshenbaugh, P. Valdez and B. Brugman found a 37-year-old Apache Junction woman unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing. The officers quickly determined that the woman had suffered a drug overdose of heroin. Narcan was immediately administered by one of the officers. Narcan is also known as Naloxone, is carried by police officers to give to a person to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Based on the signs and symptoms the officers began giving the woman cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Officers continued to give first aid until firefighters of the Superstition Fire and Medical District arrived on scene and began advanced life saving measures. The woman regained a pulse. Paramedics took her to a nearby hospital.
Chief Thomas E. Kelly said, “The training given to our officers has reaped the rewards when responding to this type of incidents. While these are relatively low here in Apache Junction, nationwide, lives are being saved daily. These responding officers, working together, proved that their training and quick response paid off today.”
If you know of someone who is abusing drugs please get them the help that they need. Call Narcotics Anonymous at (480) 897-4636 or Horizon Health and Wellness at (480) 983-0065.