Probation officers prevent probable death from drug overdose

Author: Chef Robert B. Reyes

Date: 01/31/2022 11:37:33 am

On January 27, 2022, at approximately 8:00 p.m., while on duty in the town of Paso Robles, assistant parole officers heard over the radio an apparent overdose at the home of a known parole officer.

Officers responded to Riverbank’s 100 block and were the first unit to arrive at the residence. They were contacted by subject’s wife, who reported that her husband was unconscious in the backyard. Officers entered the backyard and found the subject on the ground, unresponsive and apparently not breathing. The officers, based on their training and experience, believed the person was suffering from an overdose and immediately administered Narcan. After no response, a second dose was administered. The subject responded and regained consciousness. Officers monitored the person until emergency services arrived at the home. Subject was transported to Twin Cities Hospital for medical evaluation.

Officials’ quick decision to act on the residency averted the probable death of another person from a drug overdose. Your actions are commendable and represent the highest duty of all probation officers to save life.

The San Luis Obispo County Parole Department was licensed to provide Narcan (naloxone) in 2019. Deputy probation officers must complete an initial 24-hour training course in public safety first aid, CPR, and naloxone administration. A subsequent 12-hour further training course is required every two years. The Parole Department has determined that over 60% of moderate and high risk individuals in custody have significant drug problems and are at risk of an opiate overdose.

Media Inquiries: Chief Probation Officer Robert Reyes, 805-788-2951

Posted on Monday January 31, 2022

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