A 21-year-old woman is alive today thanks to a heroin overdose response treatment program and two quick-thinking Suffolk cops.
Police responded to the Carvel parking lot on Ronkonkoma Avenue on Sunday afternoon after someone called 911 to report that a woman was overdosing on heroin in a parked car. When officers Thomas Speciale and David Ferrara arrived at the scene the woman was unresponsive and barely breathing, police said.
Speciale revived the woman by administering intranasal Narcan into her nose while Ferrara administered additional medical care. The woman was transported by Ronkonkoma Rescue to Stony Brook University Medical Center for further treatment.
The deployment of intranasal Narcan for overdose victims is a pilot program of the New York State Department of Health. Both officers work out of the Fourth Precinct, which is participating in the test program along with the Sixth, Seventh and the Marine Bureau.