• Denton Police Department

Officers Save Life with Narcan for the Third Time in One Week

Updated: Aug 5

DENTON, TX, June 17, 2020 – Since June 11, Denton PD officers have taken life-saving measures on three separate occasions to prevent fatal heroin overdoses:

  • On June 11, officers arrived on scene as witnesses were conducting CPR on an unresponsive person who had overdosed. Officers administered a dose of Narcan and were able to render the individual conscious.

  • On June 11, officers responded to a second, unrelated overdose call. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unconscious person who had overdosed. Officers administered Narcan and performed CPR, and they were able to render the individual conscious.

  • On June 16, officers responded to an overdose call. Officers discovered an unconscious person who had overdosed. Officers – including one who had administered Narcan on June 11 – administered Narcan and performed CPR, and they were able to render the individual conscious.

Due to the short time frame in which all these overdoses took place, Denton PD is concerned the heroin in these cases may have been laced, or an otherwise “bad batch.” Laced or not, heroin is never safe, and there are several local resources available to help individuals struggling with addiction. If you are battling addiction, or know someone else who is, please seek help. You can find a list of these resources below.

If you have any information relating to these overdoses, please call the Denton PD Tip Line at 940-349-8477.

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Winning the Fight: If someone in your home is struggling with heroin addiction and you do not have Narcan in the home, Winning the Fight will provide free Narcan to you if you simply call them and ask for it (no questions asked). Additionally, this nonprofit can offer help in the forms of therapy, education, and treatment. 972-467-7704, wtf-winningthefight.org

Solutions of North Texas: If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, Solutions of North Texas strives to help families fight addiction, and to find the right care for each client. They can also connect you with local Addicts Anonymous meetings. 940-898-6202, sontx.org

Contact: Allison Beckwith, (940) 349-8558, DentonPD.MediaRelations@cityofdenton.com

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