Saugerties Police revived a 25-year-old man who overdosed this morning. Police received the call at 7:36 a.m. reporting a man who’d overdosed on an unknown substance in a home on 9W in Saugerties. Ulster County 911 reported that the subject was unconscious, unresponsive and CPR instructions were being given to the caller. Ulster County 911 also reported that the caller had administered one one dosage of Narcan which was ineffective. Saugerties Police officers arrived on-scene and administered two doses of Narcan. The man was attended to by members of Diaz Ambulance and the Glasco Fire Company. The man regained consciousness and was transported by Diaz Ambulance to the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus Hospital where he was further treated.
Saugerties police began carrying Narcan, which halts the effects of an opiate overdose, in 2014 in response to the increase in local usage of heroin and prescription opiates. In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States according to the CDC. The number of overdoses involving a synthetic opiate, most notably Fentanyl, which is added to increase the potency of heroin, doubled from 2015 to 2016. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.