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Tampa officer revives overdose victim in department's first use of Narcan drug kit

TAMPA — A Tampa Police officer administered the department's first use of an overdose-reversal drug to revive a 27-year-old man on Friday.

About 2 a.m., Tampa Police Officer Scott Seely responded to a call in east Tampa about a possible drug overdose, according to the department. A man was found unresponsive at the home with an empty syringe nearby, so Seely used the nasal spray kit to administer a dose of Narcan, police said.

Within a minute, the man was sitting up, Seely said.

Tampa Police officers recently received Narcan kits as a temporary treatment to keep a person alive until medical personnel arrives. Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies have received funding for kits in an effort to combat opioid abuse and overdoses .

Last year, Clearwater officers became the first in the area to use the kits.

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