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L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Lynwood help save men from fentanyl overdoses

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Naloxone nasal spray, sold under the brand name Narcan.
(Terrence Antonio James / TNS)

The men were bleeding from their noses, foaming from their mouths and barely breathing. To the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who responded to the emergency call at a Lynwood home Friday, the four appeared to be suffering from an opioid overdose.

The deputies began administering naloxone, a medicine that can reverse opioid overdoses, sheriff’s officials said in a statement. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics then transported the men to hospitals, where they were listed in stable condition.

Detectives investigating the case said the men had ingested fentanyl, a potent opioid responsible for thousands of deaths nationwide.

The incident in Lynwood occurred nearly a week after police officers in a Northern California town used naloxone to treat about a dozen people suffering from an overdose of heroin or some other opioid. Only one person died in that incident.

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At least one of the deputies who responded to the 911 call in Lynwood would go on to save a 36-year-old man from a similar overdose the next day, sheriff’s officials said.

The spread of naloxone, often referred to by its brand name Narcan, is part of a push to equip as many people as possible with the medicine, including law enforcement agencies.

ruben.vives@latimes.com

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