Cops save heroin user from OD, ticket friend for pot

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Oakland County sheriff’s deputies saved an alleged heroin user’s life on Wednesday afternoon, but also cited the man’s girlfriend for possession of marijuana.

Police responded to a 911 call on the 2500 block of Crooks in Rochester Hills at about 4:06 p.m. Wednesday.

A woman had found her boyfriend unresponsive, but breathing, authorities said. First responders on the scene were already administering CPR and noted that they believed the man, a 26-year-old Brighton resident, was possibly overdosing on drugs.

When deputies arrived, they took over and administered naloxone, an opioid antidote that reverses overdoses. Rochester Hills Fire Department arrived and took over the man’s medical treatment, and he regained consciousness after the antidote was administered.

The fire department took the man to McLaren Oakland hospital for treatment. Experts say that even after naloxone is administered, the user can fall back into an overdose as the antidote wears off 60 to 90 minutes later. They do not recommend that people whose lives are saved with naloxone be left alone in the immediate aftermath.

Sheriff’s deputies on the scene found what they believe to be heroin, cocaine and pot at the scene, and cited the man’s girlfriend, a 26-year-old Chicagoan, for possession of marijuana.

Authorities will continue their investigation.