West Hempfield Township Police Officers Save 4 Lives in 4 Days with Narcan

West Hempfield Township police officers equipped with the opioid-antidote Narcan saved four lives in a recent four-day span.

In the past several weeks, officers from the department saved five total lives - including the same person twice in eight hours – by administering Narcan during these emergency overdose incidents:

- On Wednesday at 6 a.m., police were dispatched to a home in the 4000 block of Columbia Avenue for a 31-year-old female patient.

- On Tuesday at 10 p.m., police administered Narcan at the same location for the same patient.

- On Monday at 8 p.m., police were dispatched to a location in the 800 block of Penney Lane for a 39-year-old female patient.

- On Sunday at 9:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a home in the 4000 block of Columbia Avenue for a 26-year-old male patient.

- On March 27 at 8:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a vehicle at Marietta Avenue and Westover Drive for a 25-year-old male patient.

The patients were unresponsive upon police arrival prior to the Narcan doses. The patients were taken to medical facilities after being revived.

“This is proof positive that equipping street officers with Narcan is saving lives.”  stated Chief Mark G. Pugliese I.  “Does it support the statements that there is a heroin epidemic in the County?  Absolutely!”

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office started supplying Lancaster County police departments with Narcan doses in 2015, using grants that health-care providers awarded to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

West Hempfield Township police started carrying Narcan in September 2015 and saved 10 lives prior to these recent incidents.