Metro-East News

State trooper revives driver who overdosed on interstate ramp

An Illinois State Police trooper revived a driver after a drug overdose Saturday morning in Madison County.

According to a press release, the trooper responded to a motorist in need of assistance on the Interstate 270 ramp heading southbound onto Interstate 255.

The trooper found an unresponsive man and a passenger who also appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The trooper gave the driver two doses of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and the driver became responsive.

Both driver and passenger were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

“I am extremely proud of the quick, lifesaving actions taken by our troopers,” ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz said in the press release. “Two people are alive today due to the Troopers’ outstanding work, First Responder Training, and their having the necessary lifesaving tools available.”

ISP began training and using naloxone for overdoses in 2015.

There have been 25 documented saves using naloxone since the inception of the program, including 16 in 2017 and two so far in 2018.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6