Suffolk County Police officers saved a man who was found passed out in his vehicle due to a heroin overdose in Kings Park early this morning.
Fourth Precinct Police Officer Thomas Spica was responding to an unrelated call in the parking lot of Kings Plaza, located at 66 Indian Head Road, when he observed a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running at 12:06 a.m.
Officer Spica attempted to wake the man, who had a hypodermic needle in his lap, but he did not respond. Officers Douglas Nassisi, Patricia Davis and Kenneth Kaufold responded to assist Officer Spica. A dose of intranasal Narcan was administered as well as rescue breathing. Upon arrival, members of Kings Park Rescue administered an additional dose of Narcan and transported the victim, 21, to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown where a third dose of Narcan was administered and the victim regained consciousness.
The Suffolk County Police Department is participating in the New York State Department of Health pilot program involving the deployment of intranasal Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse opiate overdoses. Currently, the program is being used by officers in all Suffolk County Police precincts, Marine Bureau and the Emergency Service Section.
For Immediate Release: Edward Webber, Commissioner – Suffolk County Police Department