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First PC in his force to use Naloxone said it had "excellent result"

A Cambridgeshire Constabulary officer has been praised for his quick efforts which saved a man’s life by administering Naloxone the day after being issued with the drug.

Last Saturday (1 May) PC Adam Catlin, a neighbourhood officer, was on patrol near the end of his shift when a call came in saying someone had collapsed in Cherry Hinton Hall Park and an ambulance had been called.

PC Catlin had been issued with Naloxone about 24 hours beforehand and volunteered to attend.

He found the man unconscious and barely breathing.

In an interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, PC Catlin explained: “By the time I got to him his breathing had actually stopped and I was initially unable to fund a pulse – he had a very, very weak pulse.

“I gave him this nasal spray, really easy to use, and then when I started CPR the medication had kicked in incredibly quickly and had reversed any issues that were causing him to be unconscious and he came to which was an excellent result.”

The ambulance then arrived and the man made a full-recovery.

“It was nice to see such a positive result on the first day,” said PC Catlin. “It was a really nice feeling.”

A Naloxone rollout is being trialled across Cambridge and Peterborough over the next six months and 56 officers are now trained in its use.

PC Catlin is the first officer to adminster Naloxone after the pilot to reduce opioide deaths began last month. 

“Part of our role as police officers is to protect life and this new initiative ensures that if we are first on scene we can potentially save a life,” he said.

The force are working with Public Health and the East of England Ambulance Trust to reduce local drug-related deaths and the impact on families and local communities.

Public Health commissioning team manager, Susie Talbot, said: “Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Public Health Team are proud to be working with Constabulary colleagues on this lifesaving initiative. This first administration demonstrates the value that police officers carrying naloxone medication can really have in local communities.

“Every life saved not only reduces the pain and suffering of family and friends but provides a unique opportunity for users to be signposted to local treatment services for specialist support.”

The drug is also carried by officers in North Wales, Police Scotland, West Midlands, Cleveland and Durham.

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