An officer equipped with Naloxone revived a woman just after 1 a.m. Monday after she was found unconscious in a downtown parking lot.
Officer James Coma found the woman in the 800 block of Olive Way early Monday morning after a bystander approached him and reported the woman had collapsed in a nearby parking lot. The officer approached the 33-year-old woman who was lying on her back in a parking lot. Officer Coma recognized her symptoms as a possible opioid overdose and quickly administered Naloxone. The woman began to show signs of recovery as additional officers requested medics to the scene. Seattle Fire Department Medics arrived and conducted additional treatment at the scene. The woman’s condition improved to the point where she refused any further assistance and walked away from the scene.
This incident marks the 22nd time officers have used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March 2016. This case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.
As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.