LCSS staff are trained in first-aid and many carry naloxone kits that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose if promptly used. Frontline workers never know when they are going to have to administer the miracle drug.
One day, our ICMT case manager was driving in Langley and witnessed an unknown female slumped over on a bus stop bench with her belongings strewn about. The woman was unresponsive and not breathing. The case manager called 911 and administered naloxone. The patient did not respond.The 911 operator told her to start chest compressions and a second dose of naloxone was administered.
Finally, the woman began breathing on her own, but was still unresponsive. She was placed inthe recovery position. When the paramedics arrived, the case manager returned to work andnever received an update, but given the speed with which the drug binds to opioid receptorsand blocks the effects of fentanyl, it is likely that she saved the woman’s life.