Police Revive Pregnant Woman Overdosing on Heroin Twice in Less Than an Hour
A pregnant woman has been hospitalized after she was revived from two heroin overdoses in the span of less than an hour in a Philadelphia transit hub, officials said.
Two transit officers first found the expectant mother unconscious near the Allegheny Station area in Kensington at about 4 p.m. Monday, SEPTA Police Sgt. Michael Wright told InsideEdition.com.
They administered several doses of Narcan to the woman, who was believed to be about seven months pregnant, before she regained consciousness, authorities said.
But she refused medical treatment and walked away. Wright noted that police cannot make a person go to the hospital unless there is a clear and present danger.
The same officers spotted the woman overdosing again, 40 minutes later, he said.
"She was in an even worse state than she was initially," Wright said.
This time, paramedics rushed her to a local hospital for treatment.
Her current condition was not immediately clear.
“We all hope that she accepts the help she and her baby need,” SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III tweeted after the incident.
The incident involving the unnamed woman is not unique in Kensington, authorities said.
"Unfortunately, in that area, the opioid epidemic is at an all-time high," Wright said. "It's not uncommon in that... four-block radius to see someone overdosing."
In those instances, an officer's ability to use Narcan to revive someone is invaluable, he said.
"It allows us the opportunity to ensure public safety," he said. "Dealing with the climate that we have, I think it's a very practical tool [rather] than to watch someone expire... having Narcan available allows us to have a more proactive role and be a part of the solution."