Overdosing man saved by sheriff’s deputies during traffic stop in Santa Barbara County

A man who was having an overdose was saved by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies who administered the anti-opioid overdose medication naloxone during a traffic stop.

The traffic stop happened April 5 on Highway 101, west of Goleta, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation, but when they approached the vehicle they discovered a man in the passenger seat who was “purple in the face and had labored breathing.”

Two deputies took the man out of the car and called an ambulance. One of the deputies pulled out his department-issued Naloxone anti-opioid nasal spray — commercially available as Narcan — and administered it on the man.

Soon after, an ambulance arrived to transport the man to the hospital. The man is expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Lompoc woman, 27 years old, was the driver of the vehicle. She was taken into custody at the scene.

A large amount of suspected methamphetamine was recovered by deputies during a traffic stop in Goleta, April 5, 2022. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies found 914 grams (2.01 lbs) of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.

The Santa Barbara County Main Jail booked the woman and she was cited for several illegal drug offenses.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office will determine whether or not to charge the woman with possession of narcotics for sales.

The Sheriff’s Office also used the opportunity to remind residents about California’s 911 Good Samaritan law which allows for a person to call 911 or contact authorities to report a person who is overdosing without fear of facing criminal charges.

The law is divided as follows: “It shall not be a crime for any person who experiences a drug-related overdose, as defined, who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance, or any other person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for the person experiencing a drug related overdose, to be under the influence of, or to possess for personal use, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia, under certain circumstances related to a drug-related overdose that prompted seeking medical assistance if that person does not obstruct medical or law enforcement personnel.”


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