Narcan Inventor Uses Narcan To Save Man – NBC Los Angeles

It may seem like a coincidence that a man who stopped on a Los Angeles sidewalk to help an apparent opioid overdose victim happened to be carrying Narcan, a nasal spray that can treat victims in dire health emergencies.

But that man who stopped and jumped out of a car to help was Roger Crystal – the man who invented Narcan.

Crystal was driving his wife through downtown Los Angeles when the medically trained couple spotted the man on a sidewalk. What happened next was videotaped showing Crystal kneeling over a man lying on a sidewalk while a dog waits by his side.

“The reality is that if you see someone in this country unresponsive and lying on the street until proven otherwise, it is an opioid overdose,” said Crystal.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 760,000 people have died from drug overdoses since 1999. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 were from an opioid, the agency reports.

Roger Crystal went to help. Ms. Michelle, who was driving the car, called 911.

She said her husband carried the nasal spray in a bag. The police and fire brigade often provide staff with the drug that blocks and counteracts the effects of opioids.

Crystal administered a dose. Fire paramedics arrived and administered a second dose, and the man was soon able to communicate before being rushed to hospital.

“Yes, I’m medically trained, but you can probably see from the recording that anyone can put the nasal spray up someone’s nose,” said Crystal. “It was at least the first step in allowing him to recover from the overdose.”

The encounter was part of a memorable day for the couple. They were sworn in as US citizens on Thursday.

“It was an extraordinary day,” said Crystal.

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