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Suffolk Police Save Heroin Overdose Victim, Cops Say

A Fort Salonga man who overdosed on heroin early Saturday morning was saved by four Suffolk County police officers using a prescription drug that reverses opiate overdoses, police said.

The four officers—Joseph Mango, Barbara Hernandez, Shane Wild and Michael Guido—all responded to a call of an unresponsive man at 6:04 a.m., police said. The 20-year-old man was found passed out in his bedroom from an apparent heroin overdose, police said. Officer Mango administered the prescription drug, Narcan, on the victim, who was then taken to Huntington Hospital.

The unidentified man regained consciousness in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, police said.

The prescription drug is being used in all Suffolk County police precincts as part of a New York State Department of Health pilot program.

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