Woman revived with 12 doses of Narcan in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- It took 12 doses of Narcan to revive a woman who overdosed near the railroad Thursday afternoon.

A Norfolk Southern employee reported finding the woman unconscious on the side of the train tracks south of S. University Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m., according to police.

Firefighters who responded to the scene administed 12 doses of Narcan, which blocks the effects of opioids, to the woman and she became responsive. Police said they believed she overdosed on heroin.

No drugs or syringes were found near the woman. Police issued her a criminal summons for disorderly conduct.

Middletown made national news recently when city councilmember Dan Picard suggested that first responders stop reviving people after two overdoses, citing the cost of Narcan. However, Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli has said they have moral and legal obligations to help people.

This was at least the second cause of a person overdosing near the railroad in Middletown in a week. A 46-year-old man fell on the tracks after overdosing last Friday night, the Associated Press reported. A 26-car train passed over him but miraculously did not hit him. 

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