Bismarck Police training paid off with its first use of Narcan to treat an overdose.

Police arrived at 6:01 a.m. Friday to an apartment on the 3000 block of East Rosser Avenue, responding for an immediate medical assist, Sgt. Mark Buschena said, quickly followed by ambulance and fire personnel.

A 47-year-old Bismarck woman was unconscious and not breathing at the kitchen table. An officer used Narcan to revive her.

Other first responder groups, like ambulance and fire, have administered the treatment previously but this marks the first time it has fallen to an officer.

Narcan is the nasal form of Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses.

Within seconds, the woman awoke. She declined transport to a hospital and opted to stay at home.

A recent grant provided 150 boxes of Narcan for all sworn officers to carry as of Oct. 20, Buschena said. Bismarck officers received initial Narcan training a year ago with updated training as it's issued, Buschena added.

Bismarck Police numbers indicate officers have responded to 10 heroin overdoses this year, including three in the last two weeks.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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