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Fremont sheriff's deputy saves drug user from heroin overdose with Narcan

January 19, 2017 Updated: January 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm
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Megan Hamilton 

With the help of a powerful opiate antidote, a Fremont County Sheriff's deputy rescued a wanted Cañon City woman from what could have been a deadly heroin overdose on Tuesday.

Deputy Jeremy Amendola administered the life-saving drug Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose, after noticing 18-year-old Megan Hamilton had passed out and slumped over in the back seat of a patrol car. She later told authorities she had used "large amount of heroin" minutes before she was arrested, according to a news release from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

Hamilton, who was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court on dangerous drug charges, was found with suspected drugs at an address on the 700 block of West 3rd Street in Florence. She was taken to an area hospital for monitoring and later released into police custody. Hamilton, who faces additional charges of drug possession and use of a controlled substance, is being held at the Fremont County Jail on a $5,500 cash-only bond for her warrants.

John Westphal, 34, of Florence, was also arrested on suspicion of drug use, resisting arrest and obstruction.

Officers from Florence Police Department were also on scene. All officers and deputies from both agencies are equipped with NARCAN, the Sheriff's Office said.

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Contact Rachel Riley: 636-0108

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