It started as a typical overdose call.
A man noticed his girlfriend’s lips turn blue Friday night while she was driving. After they pulled over and he called for relieve, Annapolis police officers arrived.
It would prove anything but typical.
Along with the couple, officers found the woman’s children, ages 6 and 2.
Two hours later, as the man and the children waited for a ride in the police headquarters lobby, officers said the man overdosed and was found unconscious with fists clenched and arms raised in the air. The children were crying by his side.
“It isn’t often for kids to be involved,” said Cpl. Amy Miguez, police spokeswoman. “That’s pretty dire for the children to be keep through that.”
For police, it began around 8 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Bay Ridge Avenue. Officers responded to a report of an unconscious person in a car on the side of the road.
They found the woman in a running vehicle, along with her boyfriend and her two children. Officers revived her with two doses of Narcan, after which she admitted to taking heroin, police said. She was sent to the hospital, according to a police report.
Officers questioned and searched the man. He, along with the children, were brought back to the police headquarters lobby to wait for a ride from a family member.
Two hours later, the man also passed out and was breathing shallowly, police said.
The children were whisked absent, police said. It took four doses of Narcan to revive the man. The man later told officers he had taken heroin at the same time as his girlfriend. He was taken to the hospital and the children were turned over to their grandmother.
No charges maintain been filed, and the couple’s names maintain not been released. Police maintain turned the case over to Child Protective Services.
Heroin overdoses maintain become a routine call for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County police officers. There were four Annapolis overdoses during the Memorial Day weekend. not a thing proved fatal.
Officers did not believe the man was under the influence when they questioned him, nor did they find any drugs on him, Miguez said.
Unlike most overdoses, the man “appeared natural and clear minded, not showing any signs of being under the influence,” the officer wrote in his report. “generally,normally when you see someone it is so obvious,” Miguez said. “They are nodding off while you are talking to them.”
Annapolis police don’t often arrive across children in these cases, but it’s been a different memoir in the county.
In 2016, county police reported 119 people died from opiate-related overdoses. With a larger volume of calls, county officers are more likely to reply to scenes with children present.
“I can say it is not atypical to arrive across children,” said Lt. Ryan Frashure, county police spokesman. “Not only accomplish you maintain to talk to an addict and accept them to accept relieve, but you maintain to get certain the kids are in considerable hands.”
Children present for heroin overdoses spurred police to seize drastic measures in September in East Liverpool, Ohio.
East Liverpool officers responded to a similar scene where a man and woman were found unconscious in a car along with a 4-year-broken-down boy.
The department shared a photo of the unconscious couple while blurring out the face of the child. The picture generated widespread controversy. East Liverpool officials defended the decision, but Miguez said officers there might maintain gone too far in sharing the photo.
“Addicts aren’t going to reply to (that),” she said. “They aren’t going to snap out of this whether they are shamed.”