A Suffolk officer saved two men who overdosed on heroin in separate incidents last weekend by giving them nasal sprays of an opiate antidote, police said.
Just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Officer Kevin Rieppel administered intranasal Narcan to a 30-year-old man in the parking lot of the Atias Flea Market, on the Sunrise Highway service road in Sayville, police said.
Then about 2 p.m. Sunday, Rieppel did the same for a 22-year-old man at in a house on Division Avenue in Sayville, police said.
The county legislature last month expanded use of Narcan to all the police precincts and emergency service units after a limited trial in certain precincts and the Marine Bureau began in July. Since then, there have been at least 35 successful administrations of Narcan, police said.
The Suffolk police department is one of several agencies participating in the state health department's pilot program to deploy Narcan. It's a prescription drug that's also available to consumers, especially those who have family members addicted to drugs.