Moment police inject life-saving drug into homeless man after he feared he had an overdose of heroin … just to realize that he was just asleep
- West Midlands Police has trained its officers in the use of anti-narcotic naloxone
- The drug can undo the effects of an overdose of heroin if administered in time
- Officers thought that a man in the doorway of a House of Fraser had had an overdose
- The man was given the medicine and stopped in an ambulance when he was sleeping
Dramatic images show the first time the British police inject a heroin addict with a potentially life-saving drug – only to discover that the man was just asleep.
West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to train officers in the use of naloxone that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.
Bodycam footage showed the moment when officers in Birmingham administered the drug to a suspected heroin addict who had fainted on the street.
Police officers decided to give a dose of naxolon to a man who was sleeping in the doorway of the House of Fraser in Birmingham and believed he had succumbed to an overdose
Bodycam recordings show one of the officers who is preparing to inject the lying man
The video shows two officers injecting the man who was lying on the floor outside the House of Fraser store on July 15.
But after the man was loaded into an ambulance and regained consciousness, it turned out that he was a rough sleeper who had begun to nod.
Police confirmed it was the first time the drug was used in the UK.
Despite the misuse of the drug, it was not harmful to the man who was released from the hospital hours later.
Naloxone is an antidote for overdoses caused by heroin and other drugs, including methadone, morphine and fentanyl.
The initiative followed a report by David Jamieson, Commissioner for Police and Crime, which showed that every three days someone dies from drug poisoning in the West Midlands.
The most important life-threatening effects of these drugs are that they slow down and can stop breathing. Naloxone blocks this effect and temporarily reverses breathing difficulties to buy time for the ambulance to arrive.
Chief Inspector Jane Bailey said: & # 39; This is a truly innovative and exciting initiative as we continue to address the problem of drugs and provide assistance and support to those at risk of overdose. & # 39; Officers can administer the life-saving drug immediately if they come across someone who is experiencing an overdose of opiates while they are in town & # 39;
Chief Inspector Jane Bailey, Head of Drugs, said: & # 39; This is a truly innovative and exciting initiative as we continue to tackle the problem of drugs and provide assistance and support to those at risk of drug overdoses.
& # 39; Officers can administer the life-saving medicine immediately if they come across someone who is experiencing an overdose of opiates while in the city.
& # 39; A sight unfortunately experienced by officers who had to call paramedics to help others under the influence of controlled medicines.
& # 39; Although it is not about trying to interfere with the fantastic work of our ambulance colleagues, who would of course continue to assist and deal with the patient, it is about providing first-aid help and a save life.
& # 39; We also hope this intervention can help people take steps to get support from our specialized drug agent colleagues in an effort to change their lives. & # 39;
Naxolone is widely used in the United States, which also has a serious opiate problem
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