Police administered an anti-overdose drug to a Saugerties man who’d become unconscious after injecting heroin.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 a.m. officers responded to a 911 call for an unconscious, unresponsive male on Burt St. (Rt. 9W) in the village of Saugerties. Upon arrival, officers encountered a 45-year-old male who was unresponsive. According to a bystander, the male subject had been shooting up heroin, and then became unresponsive. Prior to the arrival of the ambulance, Officer Jorge Castagnola administered Narcan to the individual, reversing the overdose. The subject then became combative with police. The male was taken into custody under the States Mental Hygiene Law (MHL 9.41) and transported by Paramedics and Police to the Kingston Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
All Saugerties Police Officers are currently trained in the administration of Narcan which reverses the effects of opiate overdoses.