Two Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies saved the life of a man experiencing an opioid overdose emergency Friday in Eureka.
On Feb. 4, 2022, at about 8 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 3800 block of Little Fairfield Street, in the county’s jurisdiction of Eureka, for the report of an unresponsive male lying on the sidewalk.
Based upon deputies’ training, the man was determined to be experiencing an opioid overdose emergency. Deputies administered one dose of nasal Narcan, an opioid antagonist, and the man was successfully revived. He was then transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
Symptoms of an opioid overdose include: unconsciousness, limp body, extreme drowsiness, slow, shallow, irregular or no breathing, pale, blue, cold and/or clammy skin, choking, snoring, or gurgling sounds, slow or no heartbeat, and very small or “pinpoint” pupils. In the event of an overdose, Narcan can be administered and can reverse the effects of overdose and prevent death. Narcan is available to the public at no cost at the following locations:
- Department of Health and Human Services
908 7th Street, Eureka
- Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
924 5th Street, Eureka
- Redwood Rural Health Center
101 West Coast Road, Redway
If someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone with information about this case or the illegal sale of opioids in Humboldt County is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.