LYMAN, Maine — The owner of a dog in Maine is thankful for the opioid-overdose antidote Narcan and the sheriff’s office sergeant who helped her.
Addie is alive thanks to the quick thinking of her mother and a sheriff’s deputy, who happened to be at the right place, at the right time.
“That old adage of where’s a cop when you need him? He was right there. He was right there when I needed him,” Addie’s owner Leslie Reynolds said.
When Reynolds’ daughter visited, she dropped her purse on a chair and the dog went for it when nobody was looking.
“The dog smelled the gummy worms and that’s why she pulled the purse,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds’ daughter is recovering from a back injury and was prescribed oxycodone.
“Twenty-five, 5 milligram Oxy is 125 milligrams and that’s a huge dose,” Reynolds said.
Addie started to appear lethargic.
“I’m a registered nurse,” Reynolds said. “So I didn’t totally panic. I just called the vet and said this is what happened, do you have anti-narcotic reversal medication? They said no you need to go to an emergency vet hospital.”
Reynolds took Addie to a nearby fire department hoping they had a dose of Narcan.
“But at the intersection before I got there, I saw two York sheriff cruisers and I flagged them down,” Reynolds said.
“I thought for all of two or three seconds, yup this is what we have to do,” said Sgt. Dave Chauvette with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
“Addie and I became really good friends, real quick. I held her head up talked to her for a little while, and I gave her half a dose in her right nostril.
“We waited a few minutes and I gave her the other half in her left nostril and it seemed to have the desired effect.”
Reynolds wonders what might have happened had she not found Chauvette.
“Yeah, of course he’s my hero,” she said. “He saved my puppy.”
“I like positive, happy endings and often times in law enforcement we don’t get that,” Chauvette said. “So today is kind of cool to be part of something like that.”