CCFR makes another heroin overdose save

Police say a 34-year-old Juneau woman overdosed on heroin Saturday morning, but she was revived by responding EMTs.

Juneau Police Department officers responded to the 6 a.m. 911 call on James Boulevard alongside Capital City Fire/Rescue medics.

“She overdosed, was resuscitated, and was taken to (Bartlett Regional Hospital) by CCFR,” JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell told the Empire.

CCFR Richard Etheridge said on Monday he did not have any details about the case at the moment but that more information may be available later.

CCFR medics have saved seven people from overdosing on heroin this year by administering Narcan, a medication that instantly reverses the effects of a heroin overdose if delivered during the overdose. If Narcan was used in this case, it would mark CCFR’s eighth heroin overdose save of 2015.

Large swaths of the country are grappling with a crippling and deadly heroin epidemic — the rate of heroin-related deaths has nearly quadrupled in the U.S. — and Juneau is not immune. Six people have died from a heroin overdose in the capital city since February of this year.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

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