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Chicago police officer saves man from an apparent heroin overdose: ‘going the extra mile’

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A Chicago police officer is being hailed a hero after her quick thinking saved a man’s life after he appeared to die of an apparent drug overdose.

The Chicago Police Department to create a series of images from the Saturday morning, and it turned out that one of their own, going the extra mile”.

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The unidentified female officer from the 18th District responded to reports of a person in the 1100 block of North Clark Street. Once on the scene, they found the male victim “does not respond” on the sidewalk.

The unidentified female officer from the 18th District, started performing chest compressions on a “not responding” to the male victim.
(Chicago Police Department )

The police said that they immediately started performing cpr and continued to do so even after the paramedics had arrived on the scene. Shortly after, emergency responders administered naloxone, and the man became a new lease of life.

He was transported to an area hospital where he is recovering.

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“It’s thanks to this good Officer, and he is alive and is receiving medical treatment. Great work!,” a second tweet from the department read.

Emergency responders administered naloxone, and the man became a new lease of life.
(Chicago Police Department )

The United States is in the midst of the leading cause of drug overdose epidemic in history. About 68,000 people have died from a drug overdose last year, according to preliminary statistics, the government reported last month, a decline of more than 70,000 by 2017.

The number of overdose-related deaths continue to decline, and health officials attribute it to a tree in the naloxone of sale.

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Naloxone is a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses to restore breathing, and it brings a person back to consciousness. For the first time, went on sale in 1971 as a single injection. An easier-to-use nasal spray version, Narcan, was approved at the end of 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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