WATCH: Canon City Police save woman’s life with four doses of Narcan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Body camera footage shared by the Canon City Police Department show multiple officers working to save a woman’s life after she reportedly overdosed on ‘Perc 30s.’
WARNING: The following video contains graphic images. CCPD released bodycam footage of officers administering four doses of Narcan. Officers responded to a report of a possible overdose, they found a woman who was turning blue with no pulse.
This is body camera footage from Officer Kyle Hance, from March 8.
This is body camera footage from K-9 Officer Austen Phillps.
Both Hance and Phillips will be presented with the Canon City Police Department Lifesaving Award.
“On arrival, they discovered a female suffering symptoms of a severe opioid-related overdose, with a companion who stated she had consumed “Perc 30s,” a street name for 30 mg Percocet pills, a commonly abused prescription opioid medication,” Support Services Commander Elliott VanDyke with CCPD wrote in a news release. “In fact, while it is unknown if these particular pills were laced with fentanyl, Perc 30s are increasingly discovered laced with this powerful and dangerous additive.”
When the officers noticed the woman was turning blue and they couldn’t find a pulse, they administered four doses of 4 milligrams of Narcan.
The woman was taken to St. Thomas More Hospital.
“At the emergency room, the attending physician told Sgt. Jeffrey Canada that this individual would not have survived the trip to the hospital, much less been revived there, had Officers Hance and Phillips not arrived when they did, recognized the situation, and taken immediate action to administer Narcan,” VanDyke added in the release.
The officers will be presented the CCPD Lifesaving Award during a City Council meeting on April 4.
Officer Philips told me these kinds of incidents are becoming more common. “They are becoming more and more common for us unfortunately. We’ve seen an increase within the last year, at least I’ve noticed it within the last year. It’s getting worse and worse.”
He continued “Our command has done a good job pushing on us, making sure we are prepared, making sure we know how to use the Narcan and the tools that we have, making sure we know what we’re looking for.”
A new bill was recently drafted in the Colorado State Legislature that would stiffen penalties for anyone caught with Fentanyl with intent to distribute. The bill would also support recovery programs and make Narcan and testing strips more widely available.
“I understand trying to help the people that are addicted. It’s incredibly hard to break. I can’t imagine what they are going through trying to get off of it and going to rehab and trying to start the process of getting better.”
Philips told me that what Colorado has been doing to fight the Opioid crisis has not worked thus far. He hopes this new bill will lead to positive change.
“We will try to support it and hope that what we are doing helps in the long run, and I know it’s going to take time. We’re not going to see results overnight so we just kind of hold on and do what we have to.”
He also added that officers also risk coming into contact with the drug when they are policing users.
“It is just as dangerous to us as it is to the people who are using. So we just have to keep it in the back of our mind when we do go to a scene like that, or if we get called to scene like that, make sure you are wearing your proper PPE and just be prepared for every situation you’re going to walk into.”
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