Around 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8, an EPPD officer noticed suspicious behavior in the parking lot of a car wash. Upon investigating, the officer found two men outside of a car. One of the men was lying on the ground unconscious and the other man was standing over him. The man on the ground had labored breathing and was sweating profusely. Although his companion said the man on the ground had not taken any drugs, the officer noticed several physical signs of an opioid overdose and a needle lying on the ground next to the man.
Additional officers arrived on the scene and administered naloxone, a medication given through the nose that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. Officers were assisted by Eden Prairie firefighters and Edina paramedics. Within 3-4 minutes the man regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.
Since 2011 Eden Prairie has experienced eight overdose deaths and seven overdoses where the person survived. In three of those seven cases naloxone was administered.
If you or someone you know needs help for an opioid addiction contact the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration hotline at 1-800-662-4357. The hotline is toll-free, confidential and open 24/7/365.