Published 10:19 am Monday, March 12, 2018

MURFREESBORO – A life was saved over the weekend with the help of a naloxone kit. Interim Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith reported that two of his officers responded to a call about a potential overdose.

At 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Griffith stated the police department received a call from a residence in town about a male who was unresponsive. The person who called was a friend of the subject.

MPD officers Bryan Johnson and Rocco Giglio reported to the scene.

“When they went inside,” Griffith said, “the man was unresponsive like was reported, and they administered two doses of Narcan about five or six minutes apart.”

Griffith continued, stating that EMS then arrived on the scene to provide assistance as well. The EMS workers also administered two doses of Narcan and transported the person to the hospital.

Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is an antidote used to block opioids from the brain’s receptors, which allows overdose victims to be revived. Patrol cars and emergency services vehicles throughout Hertford County are equipped with naloxone kits thanks to a grant obtained last year.

Griffith explained that James Broglin, Hertford County EMS Director, played a pivotal role in getting that grant, and the director also provided training for all the personnel who carry the kits with them.

“I want to express thanks to [Broglin] for seeking that grant, because without that we might not have been successful in saving this guy’s life,” said Griffith. “Without the Narcan, I honestly believe we wouldn’t have saved him.”

Griffith continued, saying, “I want to thank Officer Johnson and Officer Giglio for their quick response to this.”

He also expressed thanks for Broglin and the EMS personnel who worked together with Murfreesboro Police when responding to the scene.