Teenager

Heroin Overdose Strikes in the Heart of the Homeland

The ongoing opioid crisis does not seem to know any age or geographic barriers, a fact underscored this week as a teenager in the middle of Indiana almost died from a heroin overdose.

Police say they administered a dose of Narcan to a 15-year-old girl early Tuesday morning after her boyfriend said the two took heroin.

Deputies were called to the home in western Monroe County around 3:30 a.m. after someone called 911, reporting the teen was unresponsive. The caller told them Narcan would probably be needed.

“Your initial reaction is not to think this is a heroin overdose,” Merit Deputy Todd Wasson said.

Wasson arrived and met a 17-year-old male who said he was the girl’s boyfriend. The girl was being shaken by an adult woman who was trying to revive her and police noted she was pale with blue lips.

After being given a dose of naloxone, her breathing became steadier and she began to become aware of her surroundings. She was transported to Bloomington Hospital for treatment.

“Hopefully I won’t have to see anybody younger or the same age ever again,” Wasson said. “It was shocking to hear that it was a 15 year old.”

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