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Off-Duty Officer Saved from Heroin Overdose by Fellow Officer

February 18, 2016  | 

An off-duty Buffalo, NY, police officer overdosed on heroin last week, but was revived when an on-duty city police officer responded to a South Buffalo residence and administered at least two doses of the opiate antidote Narcan, three police sources said, reports the Buffalo News.

The Northeast District officer, 26, was revived and taken to Mercy Hospital, two of the sources said. He later requested and was granted an unpaid medical release and is under investigation by the department's Internal Affairs Division.

The incident has shaken members of the police force, who have been responding to hundreds of opiate overdose calls over the past two years. Since the beginning of 2014, more than 350 people have died from overdoses across Erie County, including 23 in an 11-day period from Jan. 29 to Feb. 8, according to the county Health Department. And the epidemic has shown no signs of abating.

"The department has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, and something like this really is shocking. Right now, we are in shock mode. This is unheard of," said one officer.

Officers who discussed the overdose expressed disappointment that one of their own would take heroin.

"This is the first time we have had an officer who had taken heroin," one of three police officers said. "We've had other officers in the past who have lost their jobs because they tested positive for marijuana or cocaine, but this is the first time we've had heroin."

The department normally conducts random drug testing on officers once a year, but that has not happened for more than two years after a contract concluded with a medical review officer, according to Police Benevolent Association President Kevin Kennedy.

"The city is hoping to have a new medical review officer in place by April or May and the plan is to have 100% testing every year for four years," Kennedy said.

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Lt Roy Smith LASD @ 2/18/2016 4:32 PM

Who did that background check?

RB @ 2/18/2016 4:43 PM

May have had a spotless background, doesn't mean he didn't develop
An addiction like so many others do. Drug addiction don't discriminate.

Robert @ 2/18/2016 8:19 PM

"This is the first time we have had an officer who had taken heroin"
Probably not, as RB said can happen to LEO, Doctors, Lawyers and Candlestick Makers (if they still exist).
I hope this opens up some people's eyes to the use of Narcan...just as every Police Car has a radio; it should have an OD kit with Narcan.
You can arrest the person AFTER you save their life.

Percy @ 2/19/2016 2:18 PM

Background checks?
When did you guys start doing those?

Too bad someone didn't do a background check on Georgia State Trooper Anthony James Scott. If they had they may have discovered his predilection for driving like a retard (91 mph in a 55 zone) and 2 teens wouldn't be dead and another left a cripple. Wonderful to hear that he can
now have his job back and maybe do this again. Whole different set of rules for you people.

But please do somehow try to blame this on the President, and for god's sake don't work the Beyonce show, cause those are the really important things for your higher standards.

plato's playdough @ 2/20/2016 3:08 AM

I have heard (don't know how to verify) that the Jade Helm program uses artificial intelligence to analyze responses to stimuli which will be used in the formulation of tactics to be used in "terrorist response" events. The goal is to be able to predict emotional responses by humans.

Mastering the Human Domain, I believe was stated to be its objective.

It seems Percy and Leonard dangle bait repeatedly. Perhaps everyone should pass, as a matter of habit.

Leonard @ 2/22/2016 9:36 AM

@Percy, While I agree with a lot of your criticisms, in this case it just appears to be piling on. This officer did a good thing saving a persons life. Everyone should understand that hard drugs can find their way into anyone's life and in any profession. We should quit going after those using marijuana and spend our resources on those drugs that really do damage to our society.

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