Yet another deputy with the Jones County Sheriff's Department saved a life using Nasal Narcon to an unresponsive victim Friday morning.
"Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputy Howard Chandler saved an apparent overdosed 33-year-old male at a convenience store on Highway 84 West in Jones County on Friday morning with the administration of Nasal Narcan," said the department in a statement.
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, store clerks at 84 West Express noticed an unresponsive male in a vehicle stopped at a gas pump. Efforts to get him to awaken were unsuccessful and 911 was then called.
"Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputy Howard Chandler arrived first on the scene and made contact with the unresponsive male who had shallow and erratic breathing and did not respond to vigorous sternum rubs and verbal stimuli," stated the department.
"Deputy Chandler, believing the subject had overdosed, administered a single dose of Nasal Narcan and later a second dose," continued the department. "The male became responsive and before being transported by EMServ to South Central Regional Medical Center was conscious and alert."
Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin noted in the release, "Great job by Deputy Howard Chandler in recognizing the overdose and deploying Nasal Narcan to reverse the overdose condition."
Sheriff Berlin added, "Today's JCSD Nasal Narcan deployment is the third in less than two months with three lives saved. Our deputies are trained to save lives and today was another example of the tremendous job they do."
JCSD narcotics agents Sgt. Jake Driskell and Joel Brogan responded to the scene and recovered what was believed to be methamphetamine in plain sight in the vehicle. Charges against the subject are pending on the possession charge.
The Nasal Narcan that JCSD personnel are equipped with was received on a grant from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.