Man saved from opioid overdose at Box Elder truck stop
BOX ELDER, S.D. — A 28-year-old man was saved from an opioid overdose after he was found unconscious inside a semi-tractor on Tuesday.
Around 4:20 p.m., emergency responders were called to the Flying J Truck Stop in Box Elder by the man’s ex-girlfriend. When Box Elder Police officers arrived, they found the man inside the semi-tractor, unconscious and blue in color. Officers on scene say he was unresponsive and had “agonal breathing.”
Officer Ricardo Olandez recognized signs of an opiate overdose and administered a dose of Naloxone or Narcan. Olandez then pulled the man out of the semi-cab for further emergency care.
After several minutes Officer Olandez administered a second dose of Naloxone as units of the Box Elder Fire Department and Rapid City Fire Department arrived on scene. After the second dose, the man began breathing regularly while his skin color returned.
As he regained consciousness, he became combative with first responders. At one point the man bit his ex-girlfriend and needed to be restrained during treatment and EMS support.
During the investigation at the scene, police weren’t able to determine the specific substances that had been used or locate where they were. The man was on parole and was wearing an electric ankle monitor.
The investigation off the event in continuing.
The Naloxone that was administered during the call was provided by the state’s Naloxone project, which is a cooperative effort among the South Dakota Department of Health, Department of Social Services and rescuers who work to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.
The Box Elder Police Department has participated in the program since it started and fields Naloxone in each of its patrol units.