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Jan 17, 2016 12:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Southampton Police Officer Saves Overdose Victim With Narcan Application

Jan 19, 2016 5:36 PM

A Southampton Town Police officer is credited with having saved the life a 39-year-old man this week by administering a medication to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

Officer Keith Phillips responded at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday to a report of a man unconscious, blue in the face and gasping for breath near a bus stop outside the County Center in Riverside.

Officer Phillips—whom police described as a longstanding state-certified emergency medical technician with a focus on critical care— diagnosed that the man, whom they did not name, had overdosed on a narcotic, possibly heroin. The officer administered a dose of Narcan, a medication specifically designed and carried by officers to counter the effects of opiates like heroin, via the man’s nasal passage.

Within a few seconds, a report from police said, the man’s breathing stabilized. He regained consciousness and could speak within a few minutes.

The man was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for evaluation and treatment in an ambulance from the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance corps.

More than 60 Southampton Town Police officers are trained and outfitted to provide Narcan to victims of suspected opiate overdoses.

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Excellent save, Keith.
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 1:15 PM
Good job, Officer Phillips, a certified EMT -- in other words, a full service cop, something our area needs to see more of!
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jan 17, 16 1:57 PM
The County Center is the location of the local East End Methadone Clinic where people go for help.there is a 6 to 7 month waiting list to get on that program,glad to hear the local police have the antidote to opiates available as they may be finding many more blue in the face people waiting for an appointment,if not the poliece the undetaker.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 5:27 PM
Congratulations to Keith former Chief of SVVA! You did a great job as a volunteer and now a great job as a Town Police Officer!
By metsfan2 (159), southampton on Jan 17, 16 5:28 PM

We all " Good " with this??? ... Or are the echos of " What if... What if" are going to start rolling out ?
This officer could have just simply called for an ambulance.. And written up a standard Field Report!!!! How bout some real support for what I would call Above and Beyond!!!!!
This is the kind of interaction that usually winds up beneath a Car Ad in the press.
Way to go 27 East!
By kahuna (69), Tampa on Jan 17, 16 7:11 PM
Keith is a Police officer and EMT. Ain't no "What if's". He did what his training taught him.
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 8:26 PM
Nice work, Officer Phillips.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 17, 16 10:06 PM
What if Southampton Town ever cleans up the area? Decades of bs and studies, and nothing happens. The area's a cesspool, and is only spoken about when it's election time.
By chief1 (2786), southampton on Jan 18, 16 7:24 AM
Concur, Chief1

Brad Bender promised to clean up his neighborhood as a campaign platform. We see how well that worked... We only heard about it at election time. Again. But, Brad contributed to the suffering...

The person Officer Philips saved is probably back out getting high again. And Keith may not be there next time...
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 7:50 AM
Great job, so good to see a positive story about the police!
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 8:59 AM
Grateful to learn of Officer Phillips' pro-active response to the emergency---How fortunate for the stricken man. I wonder: how was Officer Phillips able to determine the cause of the victim's distress; and, therewith, make the decision to use Narcan as the treatment of greatest efficacy under the circumstances. Was there any evidence of specific opiod use; or was it an assumption based on prior experience? Regardless, Thank you Keith --- we're all a little safer with a Policeman of your calibre ...more
By Alvin L.Hollander (1), on Jan 20, 16 6:56 PM
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