- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper has used the anti-overdose substance naloxone to save an overdose patient for the first time since Gov. Tom Wolf announced that state police would start carrying the drug.

The incident was announced by the state police Tuesday, but actually occurred on Friday in Fayette County.

That’s where troopers from the Uniontown-area barracks found a man lying on a lawn who appeared to have overdosed.

Capt. Harry Keffer, the commander for Troop B, which includes the barracks, says the trooper administered the drug before paramedics arrived and the patient “immediately became conscious and communicative.”

Police aren’t identifying the overdose victim or the troopers who helped him.

Accidental heroin and opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 2,500 people last year.

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