Authorities: Pima County woman overdoses on fentanyl - Tucson News Now


Authorities: Pima County woman overdoses on fentanyl

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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Pima County woman is expected to survive after overdosing on Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said it happened Thursday, July 6.

The woman had a slight pulse, but was not breathing, when she was found.

Fentanyl is considered to be up to 100 times more potent than heroin.

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Two deputies began CPR before paramedics arrived and administered Narcan. The woman quickly regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital.

Narcan, often times in the form of a nasal spray, can reverse the effects of an overdose.

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"The actions of deputies Turner and Cross helped keep the woman alive until paramedics could arrive and administer a lifesaving antidote," the PCSD said in a news release. "Thanks to the efforts of our deputies and Northwest Fire Department's paramedics, the woman is expected to survive."

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