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Deputies save Sault Ste. Marie overdose victim in front of sheriff's office


SAULT STE. MARIE, MI— Chippewa County Sheriff's deputies saved the life of an overdose victim who drove to their front door.

Wednesday around 10 a.m. it was reported someone was having a seizure. The victim—a 23-year-old woman—was in a vehicle parked near the entrance of the Sheriff’s Office in Sault Ste. Marie. She was unconscious, prompting deputies to suspect she was overdosing on some type of narcotic.

Deputies administered two doses of anti-opioid drug Narcan but lost the woman’s pulse. They gave her a third dose, and a short time later her pulse and breathing returned.

EMS took the victim to the hospital, where doctors found she’d taken heroin. Deputies suspect it was cut with Fentanyl, which is causing a number of overdoses in people buying street drugs in the area.

Officials say without the deputies’ quick response the victim wouldn’t have made it.