Police use naloxone on suspected drug overdose

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Moment police inject life-saving drug into homeless man after fearing he'd had heroin overdose... only to realise he was simply ASLEEP West Midlands Police has trained its officers in the use of anti-narcotic naloxone  The drug can reverse the effects of a  heroin overdose if given in a timely Officers thought a man in the doorway of a House of Fraser had overdosed  The man was given the drug and put into an ambulance having been asleep  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 11:35 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 14:27 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Dramatic footage shows the first time UK police inject a heroin addict with a potentially life-saving drug - only to discover the man was just asleep.

West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to train officers how to use naloxone which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

Bodycam footage showed the moment officers in Birmingham administered the drug to a suspected heroin addict who had passed out in the street.

Police officers decided to administer a dose of naxolone to a man found sleeping in the doorway of Birmingham's House of Fraser believing he had succumbed to an overdose

Police officers decided to administer a dose of naxolone to a man found sleeping in the doorway of Birmingham's House of Fraser believing he had succumbed to an overdose 

Bodycam footage shows one of the officers preparing to inject the man who is lying prone

Bodycam footage shows one of the officers preparing to inject the man who is lying prone

The video shows two officers injecting the man who was lying on the floor outside the House of Fraser store on July 15.

But after the man was loaded into an ambulance and regained consciousness it emerged he was a rough sleeper who had nodded off.

Police confirmed it was the first time the drug had been used in the UK.

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