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Cops save Fort Salonga man from heroin overdose

Four Suffolk County police officers saved the life of a 20-year-old man who overdosed on heroin in Fort Salonga on Saturday morning.

Officers Joseph Mango, Barbara Hernandez, Shane Wild and Michael Guido of the Second Precinct responded to a call at a home on Old Bridge Road for an unresponsive man at 6:04 a.m.

When the officers arrived they observed the victim passed out in his bedroom from an apparent heroin overdose.

Officer Mango used Narcan, a naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, to revive the victim.

The man regained consciousness in the ambulance as the East Northport Rescue Squad took him to Huntington Hospital.

The Suffolk County Police Department is participating in the New York State Department of Health pilot program involving the deployment of intranasal Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse opiate overdoses.

The program is being used by officers in all Suffolk County police precincts, Marine Bureau and the Emergency Service Section. The antidote has saved more than 50 lives since it was implemented last year, authorities have said.

On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Lindenhurst Fire Department saved a 22-year-old man who overdosed on heroin in Lindenhurst.

Emergency Medical Technician Ron Tappen responded to an ambulance call at 3:20 p.m. to find the man unresponsive in a parking lot with a hypodermic needle next to him, Suffolk County health officials said.

"The use of Narcan has saved lives in Suffolk County and I am thankful that EMTs have the ability to administer this drug through Suffolk County's Pilot program," County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement earlier this week.

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