NEWTON, NJ—Newton Police Department got a call about an unconscious man at a residence in Spring Street.  On July 29 around 11 p.m. police responded to find a 44-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive according to police.

The man was in respiratory distress on the back porch according to police.The man was displaying signs and symptoms that were consistent with an opiate overdose.

Police explained responding patrols performed a sternal rub which is a procedure used to test unconsciousness.  They administered Narcan to the man and moved him in the recovery position, an upright position that keeps the airway open and clear and reduces potential for choking.

The 44-year-old was then transported to the Newton Medical Center by Newton First Aid Squad. Newton Police investigating officers included Ptl. Michael Wolanski, Ptl. Jose Morales and Sgt. Scott King.