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LORAIN — According to Lorian police, a potential overdose death was averted Tuesday thanks to the Lorain County law enforcement's newest weapon, Narcan.

Lorain Police Officer Bill Lachner and Probationary Officer Bryant Halsey responded to 2302 E. 29th St. #204 at 1:58 p.m. for a suspected heroin overdose.

When Lachner and Bryant arrived, the officers located Cecile Uyek, 21, lying unresponsive on the ground near the front door of the apartment.

The officers stated Uyek's mother was performing CPR when they arrived, but the woman was showing “minimal response,” according to Det. Mike Gidich.

The mother told officers that her daughter had overdosed on heroin, evident by the fresh injection mark on Uyek's right arm, according to Halsey's report.

At that time Lachner administered the nasal spray Naloxone, reviving Uyek.

After a few seconds, Uyek regained her awareness and became combative, attempting to bite Lachner.

Officers calmed her and she was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center by LifeCare, Lt. Jack Fleming said.

The officers are being credited with the “first successful save in the county” by law enforcement officers using Narcan, Gidich said.

Administered as a nasal spray, Narcan is formulated to counter the effects of narcotic drugs including heroin and other opiates long enough to get medical help for someone who is unconscious and not breathing, Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans previously told The Morning Journal.

Lorain County law officers began carrying the antidote just more than two weeks ago in hopes of combating the number of overdose deaths within the county. Evans said there were 61 overdoses reported last year and the county was on pace to hit 75 this year.
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