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Columbia Co. cop uses new training to save a life

COLUMBIA COUNTY -- Within just 48 hours of receiving training on an overdose antidote, a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff put the knowledge to use to save a life.

The Sheriff's Office received a report of a 63-year-old man who had possibly overdosed on pain medications. When she responded to the scene, Deputy Sheriff Cindy Madison immediately administered Narcan, an drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. The patient, who was unresponsive when crews arrived, began breathing again.

According to officials, most of the staff at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office have completed the training required to administer the drug, making it the first law enforcement agency in Columbia County to do so.

Dr. Michael Daily from the Albany Medical Center developed the program to help get the antidote into the hands of first responders like Deputy Madison. "Thanks to the quick thinking and well trained Deputy, a patient who suffered an overdose of opioids will have a second chance at life" says Dr. Daily.
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