Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported deputies saved the life of a Houma woman who had overdosed on heroin Wednesday night. This is the fifth person saved by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies through the use of naloxone in as many months.
At around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, deputies responded to a medical emergency at a business establishment in Bayou Blue. Upon arrival, deputies found a female in her 20s lying on the ground and showing signs of a possible opioid overdose. The deputies learned the woman had taken heroin prior to their arrival. Deputies administered naloxone using an auto-injector. A short time later, the woman regained consciousness and was examined by medical personnel. She was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
“Saving lives is part of our mission,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “We will continue to battle the drug problem in our area, but in the meantime, we will also continue to save lives whenever possible. Our hope is that the family members of each son, daughter, wife, or husband we save use the incident as a wake-up call to get their loved one the help and treatment they need.”
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained naloxone injectors at no cost to the agency in November 2017 from the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. After undergoing proper training, many deputies have now opted to carry the agency-issued naloxone injectors. Naloxone, which is sold under brand names such as Evzio and Narcan, is used as a temporary antidote to treat an opioid overdose.