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Posted on: August 24, 2018

On the Scene with CCSO: Deputy K. Turner

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During the late evening hours of Aug 14, 2018, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Turner was dispatched to the 4000 block of Cemetery Road on a medical call. Dispatch reported that there was a sick or injured person at that residence.  
Upon arriving, Deputy Turner entered the residence and noted an adult female on the floor. An adult male was next to her trying to wake her, but she did not respond.
Turner took over and quickly assessed the woman, noting that she had shallow breathing with a weak pulse, and her eyes had rolled back.
Turner applied a sternum rub, to see if she would react to this stimuli, but she did not respond. Other means were used in an attempt to arouse her, but she remained unresponsive.
Fearing this may be a drug overdose, Turner questioned the man, who said the woman was taking pain medication for health reasons and might have taken too many pills.
Knowing that most medications prescribed for pain relief are opioid based, Turner administered NARCAN, an emergency treatment for possible opioid overdoses. Within seconds, the woman began to come around and regained consciousness prior to the arrival of paramedics who transported her to the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the U.S.  Of those 42,249 involved opioids.  
Turner’s response and actions were likely instrumental in saving the woman’s life, said supervisors.

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