LA CRESCENTA >> A drug overdose is suspected in the death of a 35-year-old man found unresponsive inside a La Cresenta home on Friday, authorities said.
Deputies received a call about 7:05 am. reporting a man not breathing in the 3000 block of Alabama Street, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“When deputies arrived at the location, they found a male white adult, 35 years-old, who appeared to be suffering from an apparent overdose of an illicit narcotic substance,” she said.
Deputies performed CPR on the man and administered Narcan anti-overdose spray before paramedics arrived on scene and took over treatment, according to Jansen.
But the man could not be saved, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
No foul play was initially suspected. An autopsy is to be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
In an effort to curb overdose-related deaths, the sheriff’s department began distributing Narcan nasal spray to deputies in June. The drug is intended to counteract the potentially deadly effects of opioid overdose.
Under the pilot program, more than 1,200 doses of the drug are being carried by deputies assigned to the Crescenta Valle, East Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Valley stations, as well as the Community Colleges and Parks bureaus.
Several other area law enforcement agencies have also equipped officers with Narcan.