Illinois State Police saved the lives of two drivers from separate drug overdose incidents Jan. 18. in Winnebago and Madison Counties.
At 9:30 a.m., an officer responded to a motorist assist on the ramp from I-270 eastbound and I-255 southbound in Madison County.
The officer found an unresponsive man in the driver's seat. The officer administered two doses of NARCAN to the man, a drug that can treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.
The man became responsive after receiving the NARCAN, police said. The man and a passenger, who also appeared to be under the influence of illegal drugs according to police, were both taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Later, just before 3 p.m., two Illinois State officers responded to a Winnebago County call for a woman overdosing in a vehicle in the Mosey's Liquor parking lot on W. State Street in Rockford.
When the officers arrived, they saw a bystander pulling a 20-year-old woman out of the vehicle.
Officers said the woman had no pulse and was not breathing. They gave the woman NARCAN and performed CPR and were able to revive her.
The woman was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment, police said.
“Two people are alive today due to the troopers’ outstanding work, First Responder Training, and their having the necessary lifesaving tools available," Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz said.
Illinois State Police began using NARCAN on overdose victims in 2015.
There have been 25 documented lives saved using NARCAN since the department began administering it.
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