KZOO County sheriff speaks on life saving measures that rescued two OD victims
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
Kalamazoo County's sheriff stopped for a quick bite to eat Tuesday evening and ended up saving two lives.
Newschannel 3’s Rachel Glaser spoke to the Sheriff Richard Fuller yesterday, just hours before the incident happened. Fuller was telling us about how in an unmarked car and rarely in uniform, it's difficult for him to pull people over to try to jump in -- but this was a situation that there was just no time to spare.
Enjoying his dinner inside, at Qdoba on West Main Street before the county commission meeting,
Fuller says he just happened to look out the window to see two men in a parked car, passed out from an apparent drug overdose.
Fuller radioed for help and deputies arrived with Narcan (naloxone), a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The two men, ages 23 and 28, were taken to the hospital but are expected to recover.
“Somebody asked me earlier if I felt like I saved their lives,” Fuller said. “What I felt we did last night was we stopped an overdose. That might not be the same as saving their lives. I think what would save their lives is if they’re somehow taken away from that addiction, because they both admitted to having an addiction to heroin.”
The incident is an ongoing investigation and criminal charges could be filed against the two men. Fuller says the fact that he was confronted with two overdose victims on his way to a restaurant proves how much of a problem heroin usage is in Kalamazoo.