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Responders use opiate antidote on man suffering overdose in NE Rochester

Responders use opiate antidote on man suffering overdose in NE Rochester

Emergency personnel from Gold Cross revived a Rochester man following a heroin overdose early Thursday morning.

First responders arrived to the area of Olympik Village apartments, 402 31st Street NE, around 2:15 a.m. A 31-year-old male was found laying on the grass.

The man was administered the drug naloxone, commonly referred to by its trade name "Narcan." According to the police report, he successfully responded to the antidote and began talking.

Police say the man, who is homeless, had been shooting heroin with another individual prior to the overdose. Gold Cross transported him to a nearby hospital for further treatment. 

Did you know? Minnesota passed a law in 2014 that allows first responders and law enforcement officers to administer Narcan. It also provides immunity from prosecution for people who call 9-1-1 to report an overdose.



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