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Sarasota Police Partners with the Florida Department of Children and Families for the Save a Life Campaign

Post Date:01/14/2019 3:07 PM

The Sarasota Police is partnering with the Florida Department of Children and Families for the 'Save a Life Campaign.'  Naloxone is an emergency medicine that prevents overdose death from prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl.  Florida law has provisions protecting overdose victims and anyone seeking or providing medical assistance from criminal prosecution and civil penalties.  According to the "I Save Florida" website, drug overdose is a nationwide epidemic and an increasing number of Floridians are losing their lives to overdoses.

“A person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized...” FS 893.21

Recognize an Overdose:
Unresponsive to sternal rub
Unresponsive to shouting their name
Slow or shallow breathing, or not breathing at all
Choking sounds or snore-like gurgling noise
Blue or gray skin and lips 

Save a Life:
1. Try to wake the person up
2. Call 911
3. Give naloxone
4. Check for breathing
5. Stay with the person until help arrives 

To learn more about finding treatment, locations for naloxone, recognizing an overdose and how to save a life, visit


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