NOPD officer administers Narcan only hours after training to use it

NOPD officer administers Narcan only hours after training to use it

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Officer James Roberson is one of more than a hundred NOPD officers trained to carry the opioid antidote, Naloxone or Narcan.

Just hours after being trained to carry the opioid antidote, Officer Roberson was forced to use it.

"I turned onto this street and somebody yelled for help. I had my windows rolled down. I pulled over and went over there," said Officer Roberson.

The officer says his training kicked in and he began to assess the situation.

"I looked at him. I tried to wake him up, but he wasn't waking up. I took my flashlight and opened his eyes. I realized his pupils were very dilated," said Roberson.

Officer Roberson says he administered Narcan to reverse a heroin overdose.

"About two to three minutes later, he started to come back around. We told him he was OK and not in any trouble. We kept reassuring him until EMS got here," said Roberson .

Officer Roberson says he believes he saved the man's life. Just before that incident, Officer Roberson says he got a call to Franklin an North Claiborne where another man had overdosed on heroin. In that case, though, Officer Roberson says EMS quickly arrived and EMT's were able to administer Narcan.

The opioid epidemic that's sweeping the nation has not spared New Orleans.

"We have multiple calls a day on people that's passed out or conscious," said Roberson.

It's the reason why the NOPD says it's decided to equip its officers with the antidote.

"We're the first responders," said Roberson. "We're the first people there. We need to have the tools to save someone's life and that's what we have with Naloxone and Narcan. We need those tools."