Deputy and Paramedics respond to overdose victim

The Facing Addiction Safford Pilot Program has chosen team captains and will hold a candlelight vigil meeting Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Graham County Courthouse.

A Graham County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched Monday night at approximately 7:45 p.m. to a home in reference to a possible drug overdose. When the deputy arrived he found a group of people standing outside the residence. He asked the group who had overdosed and the mother of the overdose victim pointed to her son. The woman said that her son had showed up at her residence about thirty minutes earlier and was acting strange, grabbing his chest in pain.

The deputy talked to the overdose victim and asked his name and birth date. The man answered correctly but was reportedly having difficulty speaking. The victim told the deputy that he had taken three shots of meth and one shot of heroin at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Once the deputy determined that the premises was safe, he radioed for an ambulance. Paramedics arrived and began checking the man’s vital signs. The man was having a difficult time sitting still and was constantly trying to lean forward. His mother said that her son’s behavior was very unusual for him and that he had been working to get off drugs. She said that when he was in the house earlier, he was sitting on the couch and would begin to fall forward before catching himself.

The man was transported to Mount Graham Regional Medical Center for treatment.