Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers On-Site Drug Overdose, Administer Narcan to Save Victim


At about 6:55 PM on Sunday, January 3, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) on-sited a drug overdose in the area of Dewitt Drive and Estabrook Road in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle parked at the above location. The officer’s attention was drawn to the vehicle when they saw a male moving around the outside of the car in a frantic, panicked manner. Officers approached to render aid and saw a female who appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Upon further investigation, officers found that the female had a pulse, but she was unresponsive and her breathing was shallow. The officers observed signs of drug use in plain view next to her in the vehicle, and they quickly determined that the female was suffering from an overdose. One of the officers prepared his department-issued nasal Narcan spray, while his partner notified BPD operations of the incident. The officers administered the Narcan spray to the female and, shortly after the effects of the antidote set in, the female became conscious and alert. Boston EMS arrived on-scene and transported the female to Tufts Medical Center for further evaluation.