The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office goal is to provide quality service to our citizens and community through honor, professionalism, commitment, compassion, and accountability.
Deputy Uses Naloxone to Prevent a Possible
Fatal Heroin Overdose
A Sheriff’s Deputy utilized his recent training to administer Naloxone to a female experiencing the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Master Deputy John Coppage, a six-year veteran of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s
Office, is credited with preventing a potentially fatal heroin overdose.
Over the weekend, MDS Coppage responded to a home in the Lee District of Fauquier County after a 911 call reported a female experiencing a drug-related overdose. Engaged in patrol activity at the time, MDS Coppage arrived at the residence in less than a minute equipped with an FCSO-issued “go-bag” containing Naloxone and other lifesaving equipment. Deputies retrieve this equipment at the beginning of a shift and keep it in their cruisers while on patrol.
Based on his training, MDS Coppage recognized the signs and symptoms of a heroin overdose and quickly administered the Naloxone to revive the victim. The victim was transported to the Fauquier Hospital for further treatment.
FCSO began Naloxone training using Virginia’s REVIVE program in December 2015. By mid-February 2016, the Patrol Division, Detectives, Command Staff and others were trained in its application. The office issued Naloxone on March 15, 2016.
This is the first time a Sheriff’s Deputy has administered Naloxone in the field since the Sheriff’s Office began The Travis Project in January to utilize this lifesaving drug. Recognizing the heroin epidemic had reached our community, in late 2015 the Sheriff’s Office decided to explore equipping deputies with Naloxone due to the rural nature, square mileage and overall response time of first responders in Fauquier County. Past cases have shown deputies are sometimes the first to arrive on the scene of a potential overdose.
Recognizing this incident, Sheriff Mosier said, “MDS Coppage helped save a life; it’s all about getting this person the help they need now. This is an example of your Sheriff’s Office and our community using all the tools and resources available to fight this war on heroin.”
Under The Travis Project, the purchase of Naloxone and related equipment was funded by a grant from the PATH Foundation, a local philanthropic organization. Without the help of The PATH Foundation grant, this program would not have been possible.