Cops save man from heroin overdose, write 2 tickets

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Oakland County sheriff’s deputies saved a man’s life from an opioid overdose, then ticketed that man and another in an incident Friday night in Pontiac.

Police were called to the 1200 block of Circle Drive at about 6:51 p.m. Friday to assist on a heroin overdose. When they arrived, they found a man “who was obviously under the influence” and standing next to a Saturn Ion. Another man was in the driver’s seat, unconscious and turning blue, with labored breathing, police said.

The man outside told police that he and his friend has just been using heroin.

Deputies, carrying opioid antidote naloxone, administered the drug and rubbed the man’s sternum. In time, he became conscious and was able to speak with police. When paramedics arrived, police told them naloxone had been administered.

Star EMS transported both men to an area hospital for medical evaluations — but not before issuing an appearance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, a charge that will require the Waterford Township men, one 31, one 34, to appear in court.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe previously explained to The News that arrests or citations sometimes follow after the police save someone’s life using naloxone, if drugs or paraphernalia are present at the scene.