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Fayetteville police drug overdose program credited with saving life

Posted June 2, 2015

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— A program equipping Fayetteville police officers with medicine that reverses drug overdoses is credited with saving a man’s life on Tuesday, the department said.

Officers responding to the 6400 block of Cliffdale Road found an unconscious man in a vehicle, authorities said. A woman with the man told officers he had a history of using opioid-based narcotics, police said.

“Officer Donnie Smith of the Cross Creek District arrived to the scene and administered a dosage of Naloxone to the patient within seconds after his assessment,” the department said in a statement. “Within five minutes of the medication being administered, the male subject regained consciousness. The quick action of Officer Smith and the availability of Naloxone can be attributed to saving a life.”

About 400 Naloxone kits were recently donated to the department by Kaleo Pharmaceuticals through a partnership with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.


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  • Jacquelyn Carr Jun 4, 2015
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    I completely agree! Great job officer Smith! Hopefully now this person takes full advantage of their new chance on life!

  • Anne Havisham Jun 3, 2015
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    Well done, Officer Smith!

    (If I were in charge of things, I'd give him credit in the headline and cite the program in the story, but that's me.)

    I hope the man whose life was saved is able to make better choices and live a long, healthy life contributing to society. Recovery is possible!