In an effort to provide a better initial medical response to opioid-induced overdose incidents, the Rehoboth Beach Police Department recently received five naloxone kits from the Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services. All officers recently received training from Sussex County Emergency Medical Services in recognizing opioid overdoses and using naloxone hydrochloride to reverse them. An officer from each shift is being issued a kit to carry while on patrol, and the newly acquired training was quickly put to use on Wednesday.
Cpl. Eric Hiller, a 10-year veteran of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, was issued a naloxone kit to carry with him on patrol Wednesday morning. At around 3:40 p.m., Cpl. Hiller received a report of an overdose at the Summer Place Hotel, located at 30 Olive Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer found a 23-year-old Rehoboth Beach man unresponsive on the floor and another resident attempting to give him CPR. Through his observations and listening to witness accounts,
Hiller quickly reacted, alongside Rehoboth Beach EMS, in administering naloxone and rescue breaths to the unresponsive man. After only a few minutes of performing these efforts, the man slowly opened his eyes and returned to a state of alertness. He was transported to Beebe Health Campus by Rehoboth Beach EMS and later released.
Hiller attributed his skills to the hands-on training received from Sussex County Emergency Medical Services.