Narcan Incident

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and East Fork Fire District Respond to Signs and Symptoms of a Possible Opioid/heroin Overdose.
Posted on 05/14/2019

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and East Fork Fire District were dispatched to an address in the Gardnerville Ranchos area for an unconscious female around 7:00 a.m. on May 14, 2019.  DCSO arrived first and the deputy recognized the signs and symptoms of a possible opioid/heroin overdose.   The deputy administered a dose of nasal naloxone (Narcan) to the unconscious female.  She was revived and treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital. 

Narcan, is a drug which can reverse the life threatening symptoms caused by an overdose of an opioid, such as heroin. The Narcan was made available to DCSO through a grant from the Attorney General’s Office.

“It is through our partnership with East Fork Fire and Paramedics that we all able to save a life today,” said Sheriff Dan Coverley. “If the deputy can intervene in this type of emergency until Emergency Services can arrive, the potential for that person to survive is increased.”