Suffolk County police Friday revived a man who had overdosed on heroin in the parking lot of Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, police said.

Officers were called to the scene after they received a report of an unconscious 23-year-old man who was turning purple inside a car in the mall’s parking lot, police said. A friend of the victim told police that his friend had a history of using heroin, police said.

The man regained consciousness after an officer administered Narcan, a prescription drug that is used to reverse opiate overdoses, police said.

The unidentified man was then transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

The Suffolk County Police Department has been using Narcan as part of a New York State Department of Health pilot program. The program is being used in all Suffolk police precincts.


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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: Twitter: rashedmian