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Novato Police Use Heroin Overdose Reversal Drug to Save Man's Life

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    Police officers reversed the effects of a 32-year-old man's heroin overdose with the drug naloxone at a residence Friday afternoon, Novato police said Monday.

    Police went to a residence on Estates Drive around 12:45 p.m. The man was in cardiac arrest and was suffering from the effects of a heroin overdose, police said.

    Family members gave the man CPR and a dose of naloxone, which has a brand name of Narcan, but the man was not responding to the life-saving drug as expected, according to police.

    When Novato police Officer Brian Ringo administered a second dose of the drug, the man had an immediate response and showed signs of improvement, police said.

    Novato Fire Protection District personnel took the man to Novato Community Hospital, where he had further treatment and is expected to survive, police said.

    Novato police officers began carrying the drug last June, and Friday's case was the second time it saved someone's life, police said.

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