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.
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.
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