Deputy saves Ranchos woman from overdose |

Deputy saves Ranchos woman from overdose

Staff Reports

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and East Fork Fire District were dispatched to an address in the Gardnerville Ranchos area for an unconscious female around 7 a.m. Tuesday.  Deputies arrived first and the deputy recognized the signs and symptoms of a possible opioid overdose.  

The deputy administered a dose of nasal naloxone (Narcan) to the unconscious female.  She was revived and treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital. 

Narcan, is a drug which can reverse the life threatening symptoms caused by an overdose of an opioid, such as heroin. The Narcan was made available to DCSO through a grant from the Attorney General’s Office.

“It is though our partnership with East Fork Fire and Paramedics that we all able to save a life today,” said Sheriff Dan Coverley. “If the deputy can intervene in this type of emergency until Emergency Services can arrive, the potential for that person to survive is increased.”