A quick response by Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputy Austin Smith to an overdose call in the Glade Community on Monday potentially made the difference between life and death for a suicidal female.
According to a release from the department, Deputy Smith arrived to clear the scene for Glade Fire & Rescue emergency medical responders and EMServ Ambulance Service medics. He located the adult female who had ingested alcohol and medications and was said to "want to die."
The female was unresponsive with irregular breathing.
Deputy Smith administered a double dose of nasal Narcan and advised Jones Emergency Operations Center 911 dispatchers that the scene was clear for medical. The patient was transported by EMServ to a local hospital for treatment. She was reported to be conscious and speaking with medical personnel after the Narcan took effect.
Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin noted in the press release, "Our deputies and other staff members are equipped with nasal Narcan for use with individuals who are believed to have either intentionally or accidentally overdosed. The nasal Narcan we carry was received on a grant from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. We have utilized Narcan on several occasions to help reverse overdose conditions in affected individuals."
This should serve as a reminder that if you or someone you know suffers with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, to advise them to seek professional help. You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. Life is valuable and precious. Suicide is not the answer.