Naloxone given to NC deputy after investigation

Paramedics display a dose of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan, or Naloxone Hydrochloride, in an ambulance in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

DUDLEY — A sheriff’s deputy was given the overdose antidote naloxone after being exposed to drugs during an investigation Wednesday, authorities said.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the deputy was removing drugs from the scene of an investigation in the town of Dudley when he had a medical emergency, news outlets reported. The investigation resulted from a call about a drug overdose and involved a traffic stop, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy was moving narcotics from the scene to place into evidence when, according to the sheriff’s office, he suffered a “medical emergency.”

The deputy was on the phone with a supervisor when he was stricken, and gave his location so emergency personnel could respond. He pulled his car off the road and first responders administered the naloxone before he was taken to Wayne UNC hospital for evaluation and treatment.