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Arizona Teen Saved From Overdose By Online Gambling Friend 5,000 Miles Away

A Queen’s Creek The teenager is alive today – thanks to the work of first responders and players halfway around the world.

The 15-year-old was said to be playing online with European friends when he started talking about killing himself.

A friend called for help and Queen Creek Police eventually came to the teenager’s home to check on him.

Body camera video showed her parents, unaware of the situation, letting the officer into the house. They found the teenager lying unconscious in his bedroom but still breathing.

Police discovered the teenager had overdosed on an unknown number of pills and Constable Simon Lopez responded by spraying Narcan into the boy’s nose.


Blurred body camera footage showing an officer treating the overdosed teenager.

The teenager was able to slowly regain consciousness and he was taken by ambulance for further treatment.

Queen Creek Police Chief Randy Brice applauded Officer Lopez’s quick response which saved the teen’s life.

“The fact that the officer arrived so quickly even though the parents were unaware and did not provide this intervention – even the firefighters showed up very quickly – but again, seconds count, and we think it was a big saving on his part,” Brice said.

All Queen Creek agents, detectives and fieldworkers carry at least two containers of Narcan for these situations.

If you or a loved one feel distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Crisis Center offers free and confidential 24/7 emotional support to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (crisis text line).

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