On Sunday August 14th 2016 at about 5:30pm, the Arcata Police Department responded to a reported drug overdose in the 500 block of South G Street. Officers located an unconscious 29 year old male who was exhibiting symptoms of Heroin overdose. Officers began rescue breathing and administered a dosage of Narcan nasal spray, which is a medication that counteracts the effects of opiate overdose. Officers were able to revive the patient prior to the arrival of medical staff and he was transported to the Mad River Community Hospital in stable condition.
This is the first reported application of the drug, which resulted in the saving of a life for APD, since officers first deployed with the medication earlier this year.