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Second person in York County revived with Narcan in less than a week

Written by Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record | Apr 6, 2015 9:35 AM

Update, April 5:

(York) -- For the second time in less than a week, naloxone was used to revive a person who was suffering from a drug overdose, according to a news release.

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Photo by Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record / Sunday News

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney is all smiles as he listens to Northern York County Regional Police Officer Stephen Lebo talk about using naloxone to help revive a man on Wednesday night. The man had overdosed on painkillers. Photo by Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record / Sunday News.

At 11:39 p.m. Saturday, police and medical personnel were called to an address on Pine Hill Road, Dover Township.

The 30-year-old male patient was found to be unresponsive from a possible opioid overdose. Memorial Hospital medics administered a dose of naloxone to the patient, the release states.

It was determined a second dose of naloxone was needed. A Northern York County Regional Police Officer on scene supplied the medic with a second dose, who administered it to the patient. The patient was revived and walked to the ambulance for further evaluation.

Previous report:

Less than 24 hours after reviving a man who had overdosed on pills, Officer Stephen Lebo stepped out in front of the Northern York County Regional Police Department's headquarters in Dover Township.

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney was waiting there and remarked that he wanted to shake Lebo's hand. After all, Lebo was the first police officer in York County to use naloxone, an antidote that reverses the effects of an opioid drug overdose.

"That's my job," Lebo said softly to Kearney.

Lebo, 30, an almost seven-year veteran of the department, revived a man who had overdosed on the prescription painkiller OxyContin on Wednesday night. Northern York County Regional Police started carrying the antidote at the beginning of the week. Lebo got his kit that morning.

Former Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill on Sept. 30 allowing first responders, such as police officers, to use naloxone. Last month, the York County Board of Commissioners approved a plan for local departments to get the antidote.

Flanked by Kearney, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday and Police Chief Mark Bentzel, Lebo recalled on Thursday morning what happened:

At 6:10 p.m., he was called to a home on Waldorf Drive near Graffius Road in Conewago Township. A dispatcher told him they had received a call about a man, 61, who had overdosed on OxyContin. The man had a prescription for the drug, police said.

Lebo was just one or two minutes down the street. When he got to the home, the man's wife was outside and "clearly upset." She quickly brought the officer inside.

The man -- whose name police did not release -- was on his back. He was gasping for air and not responding to touch.

Before Lebo went inside, he had already grabbed the antidote, which is marketed as Narcan. The ambulance was maybe 10 minutes away. He told the man's wife to stand back.

"I got to admit," Lebo said. "I was a bit skeptical."

But it worked.

After five to 10 seconds, the man woke up. He was a bit "combative" and was not able to talk, but Lebo said the man was up.

Police did not know the man's condition, including whether he was still at York Hospital, where he was taken.

As of now, Lebo hasn't heard from him. But, Lebo said, he's talked with his family and other officers about that night.

"When you're doing it there, it's all part of what you're trained to do as a police officer, and it all feels like a part of your job," he said. "It wasn't until I was on the way home that night after work that it started to sink in."

Contact Dylan Segelbaum at 771-2102.


York County police departments carrying the antidote

Chief County Detective Darryl Albright said in an email that nine police departments in York County have officers carrying naloxone right now. Here's the full list:

  • Fairview Township
  • Hellam Township
  • Hanover Borough
  • Newberry Township
  • Northeastern Regional
  • North Hopewell Township
  • Northern York County Regional
  • Springettsbury Township
  • West Manchester Township

Timeline of Events

Here is the timeline of how first responders starting carrying naloxone, an antidote that reverses the effects of an opioid drug overdose:

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