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York County deputy saves unconscious man’s life by resuscitating him with narcotic blocker

Sergeant Chris Geary. (WYDaily/ Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Sgt. Chris Geary. (WYDaily/ Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

YORK — Quick thinking by a York County deputy saved a man’s life last month.

Sgt. Chris Geary of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office administered a total of 8 milligrams of Narcan to a 26-year-old man who was found unresponsive around 10 p.m. June 27 in the bathroom of a convenience store on the 1500 block of George Washington Memorial Highway, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

Geary initially gave the man 4 milligrams of Narcan, which is used to treat narcotics overdoses by temporarily blocking opioid receptors in the brain.

The dose began to wake the man up but his breathing was still shallow. Geary gave the man another dose and his breathing returned to normal.

Medics then took the man to Riverside hospital.

“Sergeant Geary’s quick actions saved this man’s life,” the sheriff office’s Facebook post said. “Sheriff Diggs recognizes the opioid epidemic and is very proud of Sergeant Geary and all of his deputies who have been able to save lives with Narcan.”

York County deputies from the have saved 11 lives by using Narcan in 2018 alone, the post said.

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