TRENTON, NJ  --  The quick response of County Sheriff's Officers saved the life of a woman who appeared to be suffering from a drug overdose in front of the Mercer County Court House Monday afternoon according to Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler.  

At around 4:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Officers Jason Magrelli and Scott Frazee encountered a 28-year-old female in front of the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse who appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. The quick-thinking officers immediately requested back-up assistance and an ambulance at the scene as the woman became incoherent and began to lose consciousness.

Suspecting that the woman was suffering from a drug overdose, Magrelli administered one dose of Narcan, which temporarily revived her. Sheriff’s Patrol Unit Officer George Dzurkoc arrived on scene to assist as the effects of the first dose began to wane.  He then administered a second dose of Narcan. The second dose of Narcan brought her back to consciousness as well. Soon after, Trenton Emergency Medical Services transported the subject to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

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Narcan, also known as Naloxone, helps reverse an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of opioid drugs on the brain.  

“Officers Magrelli, Frazee, and Dzurkoc are commended for saving a life,” said Sheriff Kemler. “Their dedication to save a life and as well as to keep our public areas safe deserves high praise,” added Kemler. 

In order to help combat the opioid crisis,  Naloxone kits were distributed to all Mercer County law enforcement agencies four years ago under a program supported by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney General. Since then, Narcan has been readily available to first responders to help save lives.

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