[Bodycam] Police use naloxone to save a life from a drug overdose

Wyatt Rublee, a Fayetteville, Arkansas patrol officer, administered the life-saving drug to a man who suffered from an overdose and was short of breath

Jan 25, 2022 5:01 p.m

Posted: Jan 25, 2022 5:01 pm

Updated: January 25, 2022 23:51

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Saturday night, January 15, 2022, just after 10:00 p.m. Fayetteville Police Patrolman Wyatt Rublee responded to a call about a possible overdose. The FPD releases bodycam footage of the event, which is most likely Ofc. Rublee saved a man’s life by administering narcane, also known by the generic name naloxone.

Naloxone reverses an opioid overdose. Naloxone blocks the effects of opiates on the brain and restores breathing. Most commonly administered through nasal cannula.

Ofc Rublee was first to the scene and found the white male subject in a vehicle with the engine revving. The subject suffered from labored breathing or wheezing. Most commonly described as the last breaths before death.

The male also turned blue.


Fayetteville Ark. The police officer prepares to administer Narcan, the generic name of which is naloxone, to a man suffering from an overdose.

Ofc Rublee administered a dose of naloxone. About three minutes later, when the central emergency room took him to the ambulance, the person woke up.

“The Fayetteville Police Department has noted an increase in the number of opioid overdoses (heroin, oxycodone, etc.) and the increase in fentanyl is making these drugs exponentially more dangerous. Our officers started wearing naloxone in 2018. Since then we’ve administered naloxone 40 times.” —Fayetteville PD 40 states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, have a version of the Good Samaritan Law that provides immunity from arrest if you call law enforcement about an overdose. In particular, Arkansas Act 1222 also provides immunity to anyone who administers naloxone. Kansas has a naloxone access law, but no Good Samaritan law.

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