On Monday February 8, 2016, at approximately 2008 hours, East Cocalico Township Police Officers responded to the Red Carpet Inn at 2069 North Reading Road following a 911 call of a patient in cardiac arrest. Officers arrived on scene at 2010 hours and found an unresponsive 27 year old male on the floor of the bathroom. The male was in obvious respiratory distress with slow agonal breathing and could not be awakened. There was evidence of intravenous drug use in the hotel room and given the patient's medical condition, Officer Luongo administered a dose of the department issued Naloxone. The male regained consciousness within a minute of the Naloxone deployment.
Naloxone is commonly administered to victims of opiate related drug overdoses in an attempt to revive the victim. It is deployed as a nasal spray. The East Cocalico Township Police Department began carrying Naloxone in the beginning of 2016 after receiving doses of the drug from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.
The male subsequently regained consciousness and was transported to the Ephrata Hospital by the Reamstown Ambulance for further medical treatment. The male was treated and released from the hospital. After being released, he was turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department on an outstanding county Bench Warrant.
The East Cocalico Township Police Department was assisted at the scene by medical personnel from the Reamstown Ambulance and Medic 4.