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Crime & Courts

First responders save life of man overdosing on heroin at DuPage County complex

DuPage County sheriff’s deputies and the Wheaton Fire Department helped save the life of a man who reportedly overdosed on heroin Sept. 21 near the county courthouse.

The unidentified man was reportedly in a vehicle on the north drive of the county complex at about 1:15 p.m. when the overdose occurred, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

A sheriff’s deputy called for assistance, and members of the patrol division and corrections bureau responded, the release stated.

Deputies administered Narcan to the unresponsive man, but it did not take effect, according to the release. They then performed CPR on the man until the arrival of the Wheaton Fire Department, who administered another dose of Narcan, causing the man to regain consciousness, the release stated.

“We are extremely proud of the deputies from all three bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office for their quick thinking and team work, which led to the life of a victim of opioid use being saved,” Undersheriff Frank Bibbiano said in the release. “On the heels of the CARA Grant being issued to the DuPage County Health Department this week, which provides funds for many layers of services and training in the fight against opioid abuse, this incident again highlights the need for public education and for training and the equipping of all police officers with Narcan.”

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grant provides $1.5 million in federal funding to help in the fight against the opioid epidemic, according to the release.

No criminal charges were filed in this incident, the release stated.

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