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Emeryville Police Department
Sunday April 28th, 2019 :: 03:01 a.m. PDT


Media Advisory: Emeryville police officers administer Naloxone twice in 2 days during suspected opioid overdoses

On 4/26/2019 Emeryville officers responded to a local business for a shoplifter in custody. During the investigation the subject became unresponsive, had rapid shallow breathing and had a weak pulse. The officers recognized the symptoms of an opioid overdose and administered Naloxone. The subject's breathing improved and he became responsive to the officers. The subject was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment.

On 4/27/2019 Officers responded to the area of 63rd St and Market Drive to conduct a welfare check on a person displaying bizarre and erratic behavior. Upon contact the individual fell to the ground, began trembling, stopped breathing and had a weak pulse. Officers believed the subject was suffering from an opioid overdose and administered Naloxone. The subject had an immediately reaction, became alert, had improved breathing and showed improvement. The subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

During both investigations, Officers located contraband associated with opioid use. In response to the epidemic of drug overdoses from both prescription and illicit opioids, the Emeryville Police Department recently trained its officers on the recognition of an opioid overdose and supplied its officers with Naloxone. We want the community to know that calling 911 for assistance with a drug ingestion issue will not result in any criminal charges for being under the influence of an illegal substance. Seeking help is not a crime.

Prepared by: Sgt. Rojas

Contact for updates: Captain Oliver Collins

Emeryville Chief of Police
Jennifer G Tejada



The mission of the Emeryville Police Department is to protect life and property, to provide a safe respectful environment for people to live, work, and play. We achieve this through professional, proactive, fair and impartial policing in partnership with the community.

Emeryville Police Department
2449 Powell St
Emeryville, CA 94608

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-596-3700

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