Mike Egan, who is the survivor of a 20-year battle with heroin himself, saved an opiate user from certain death in Limerick city last Friday, after he administered a number of doses of Naloxone to the dying man.
Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids.
Mr Egan came upon the man, who had collapsed on the street on the northside of the city, when he was returning from a cycle with a friend.
After checking the man’s vitals, he quickly recognised the signs of an opioid overdose and called for an ambulance.
He didn't look to me like he was breathing. I couldn't get a pulse. So I rang an ambulance and explained the situation. I had a look at his eyes, and they were pinned, so I told them I thought he had taken an opiate overdose
Mr Egan then ran home to retrieve the Naloxone while his friend waited with the man for the ambulance.
Source: Ryan O'Rourke, Irish Examiner, 10th November 2020