On May 16, 2018, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy was conducting an investigation in the 5200 block of 52nd Avenue within South Sacramento County. During the investigation, the deputies detained a 40-year-old Sacramento man in the rear of their patrol vehicle. As the investigation continued, one of the deputies determined the man had potentially ingested heroin. The deputy observed the man displaying several signs and symptoms consistent with an overdose event.
The deputy immediately requested paramedics respond to the scene then retrieved his opioid overdose kit from his vehicle. The deputy, who was trained to do so, administered the medication. Paramedics later arrived at the scene and the man was immediately transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Sheriff’s Department personnel later spoke with paramedics and hospital staff who confirmed the administration of the medicine by the deputy likely contributed to the man’s survival. The man has since been released from the hospital.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department began training its field personnel on the administration of opioid overdose medication on March 12, 2018. The Sheriff’s Department expects to have all of the deputies who serve in our neighborhoods fully trained by the end of June 2018. To date, approximately 230 officers have been trained and equipped to serve with this powerful tool to improve the health and safety of our community.
Law enforcement is often times first on-scene to events involving an opioid overdose, and as such, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health in the deployment of this valuable, life-saving tool into our community. We are extremely proud of this partnership. On July 1, 2018, the training necessary to administer this medication will become part of the biennial training for all deputies within the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton