North Smithfield officer saves overdosing man’s life


NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — The North Smithfield Police Department is praising the actions of an officer who helped save the life of a suspected drug overdose victim.

Officer Nicholas Pistacchio responded to a home on Metcalf Marsh Drive last week for reports of a possible drug overdose, and found a 31-year-old man unconscious without a pulse.

Officer Pistacchio administered the department-issued opioid antidote Narcan to the victim and restored his pulse.

The man was then taken to Landmark Medical Center for treatment.

All members of the North Smithfield Police Department have been trained to use Narcan.  Officers have been armed with Narcan since April 28.

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