Rangely police officer utilizes Narcan to save overdose victim

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RANGELY | Officer Von Block, who joined the Rangely Police Department last fall, was dispatched to a Rangely address in regard to an unconscious 29-year-old female at approximately 11:33 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2019.

When Officer Block arrived on the scene at approximately 11:37 p.m., he found the female was not breathing and was turning blue. Officer Block ascertained from witnesses that the woman had taken a mixture of methamphetamine and heroin. Officer Block immediately administered two doses of naloxone (Narcan). After the two doses of naloxone (Narcan) the woman started breathing and regained consciousness. She was then transported to Rangely District Hospital where she later made a full recovery.

Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses.

The Rangely Police Department began carrying Narcan in July 2019 and Officer Block had received training in the proper administration of the medication.

“Officer Block’s quick thinking and training is credited with saving this woman’s life,” said a press release from the Rangely Police Department.

Submitted by Town of Rangely