Passing nurse helped save father and son who overdosed on I-75

Posted at 7:23 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 21:15:13-04

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A nurse who helped save a father and son who overdosed on I-75 Monday said it took multiple doses of Narcan to save one of the men.

Troopers discovered the 56-year-old father and 31-year-old son unconscious and unresponsive in their vehicle on the median near mile post 18 in West Chester Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Kat Engel was driving home from her job as the director of nursing at the Center for Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati's West End when she saw the vehicle off the side of the road during rush hour. She pulled over to help.

The trooper said he didn't have any Narcan but had called for some. Engel happened to have some in her car and they administered it to the son.

"We get the first dose of Narcan in him, it didn't touch this young man," she said. "Another officer came. They had more Narcan. We got the second dose in him. He didn't stir."

Engel checked the man's pulse. His heart was beating, but he wasn't breathing. They gave him more Narcan.

"After three doses, he still didn't come around, but they loaded him into the ambulance," Engel said. "And while he was hauled away, someone else was working on his father."

Both men recovered, according to the OSHP. Kenneth Partin Sr. was charged with OVI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"I think that some people are under the impression that as long as we have some Narcan, we can get it on board, we can reverse it like that, and that's historically been the case," Engel said. "But now we're seeing these drugs that are a lot stronger, and it's taking three and four and five doses to bring people back, and sometimes they're not coming back."