MAG Foundation: Naloxone credited with saving Gordon County man

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The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation reports that a Gordon County deputy recently used naloxone to save an overdose victim’s life.

In a July 21 press release, the MAG Foundation said that, “The Gordon County patrol deputy responded to a call at the Gordon County Jail. A male victim, who was brought to the jail by another agency, was having a medical issue. The deputy recognized the victim’s symptoms were consistent with a heroin overdose. He applied the naloxone spray (which counteracts the effects of an opiates overdose) and the victim survived.”

The MAG Foundation also noted that, “Gordon County Sheriff’s deputies received training in the application of naloxone through [its] Project DAN (Deaths Avoided by Naloxone).”

Georgia’s ‘Medical Amnesty Law’ allows physicians to prescribe naloxone to first responders and others who are “in a position to assist a person who is at risk of an opioid overdose.”

“We are seeing life-saving results from the first responder training,” MAG Foundation President Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D., said. “In communities all over the state, first responders have put their training to use in the field and saved the lives of overdose victims by administering naloxone.”

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