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Houghton Lake trooper prevents heroin death

KALKASKA – On Sept. 6 at approximately 7:25 p.m. Trooper Burnside from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post responded to a reported overdose at a residence in Kalkaska County. The caller advised her brother had overdosed on heroin.

Upon his arrival Burnside found a man lying on the ground outside the residence. The man displayed agonal breathing and was not responsive when Burnside spoke to him. Burnside immediately began conducting sternum rubs on the man with no effect. Based on his training, experience, and information received from the caller, Burnside administered one dose of Narcan.

The man immediately opened his eyes and took a deep breath. He then slowly began to regain consciousness and was able to have a conversation. During this time Burnside updated dispatch of the man’s condition for EMS, who were enroute to the scene.

Burnside continued to monitor the man’s health until EMS arrived. Burnside later spoke with the man at the hospital in Kalkaska.

The man admitted to using heroin and thanked Burnside for saving his life.

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