Deputy first officer in coastal NC to administer overdose drug

New HanoverSOUTHEASTERN N.C. — When New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jose Lugo used naloxone to save a young woman’s life in December, he became the first law enforcement officer in coastal North Carolina to administer the overdose reversal drug.

Lugo and his patrol partner were dispatched about lunchtime Dec. 16 to to a home off South College Road. Dispatchers told the two deputies the 23-year-old woman had overdosed on heroin.

“We heard, ‘unconscious,’ ‘not breathing,’ ‘CPR in progress,'” Lugo said.

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