Racine County deputies save heroin overdose victim with Narcan

RACINE COUNTY -- Racine County officials saved a heroin overdose victim with the use of the medicine Naloxone (also known as Narcan) on Thursday, November 17th.

According to Racine authorities, a 25-year-old woman was a passenger in a vehicle, who had passed out and was not breathing on Schroeder Road near Beaumont Avenue in the Town of Dover.

Officials say upon arrival, a deputy administered a dose of Narcan, and rescue personnel began rescue breathing. Moments after the Narcan medication was administered, officials say the woman regained consciousness and started breathing on her own.

Preliminary investigation reveals the woman's condition was the result of an admitted heroin overdose.

"Although I'm very proud that we save another life this evening, I'm very concerned that the opioid epidemic speaks to a much larger problem which continues to end lives daily across our country," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

According to the sheriff's office, this is the 19th life saved using Narcan since the office first equipped patrol cars in February 2014.