Canton officer administers overdose drug

A Canton police officer recently administered a dose of the anti-overdose drug Narcan - a first for the Canton force.

Police say officer Stephen Delman fielded a request for assistance call at the Econo Lodge off Keith Drive. Upon arriving, he found an unresponsive male in a room of the motel, with a syringe, spoon and plastic baggie on the night stand.

Suspecting an overdose, Delman administered the drug. Moments later, the man regained consciousness as Cherokee Fire Department rescue workers arrived. They provided follow-up care and took the patient to Northside-Cherokee Hospital.

Narcan, or naloxone, is used to fight overdoses of heroin and other opioids. The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation allowing police to administer the drug earlier this year Canton police officers were trained on it last month

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