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Cut Off man arrested after deputies save his life

Cut Off man arrested after deputies save his life

A Cut Off man was arrested Wednesday due to an outstanding warrant after deputies saved his life through the use of naloxone.

Gus Schexnayder, 36, is the sixth person saved by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies through the use of naloxone in as many months.

Just before 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, deputies responded to a call of a man slumped over on the side of a building along LA Highway 1 in Golden Meadow. Upon arrival, deputies located the man, identified as Schexnayder, and observed him to be unresponsive with a slow pulse and labored breathing.

Due to circumstances and investigation at the scene, deputies suspected the man was suffering from an opioid overdose. Deputies administered naloxone using an auto-injector. A short time later, the man became responsive and was examined by medical personnel. He refused further medical attention.

Deputies later determined Schexnayder had an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court for the Town of Golden Meadow. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly.

Naloxone, which is sold under brand names such as Evzio and Narcan, is used as a temporary antidote to treat an opioid overdose. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained naloxone injectors at no cost to the agency in November 2017 from the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Many deputies are now carrying the agency-issued naloxone injectors after undergoing proper training for use.