Police give naloxone to 15-year-old girl in Bloomington after heroin overdose

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--  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.

Wasson said it's the youngest person he has dealt with suspected of overdosing on the drug.

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

The girl's mother was informed of the situation via phone. Police say they talked to the boyfriend, who admitted he and the girl had taken heroin before the incident. The Indiana Department of Child Services was informed of the situation.

"I'm glad that we could bring this 15 year old back to her parents and allow them to maybe have another Christmas, another birthday, some other holiday to celebrate with the complete family," Wasson said.

Deputies say they found two bags of white powder, a bag of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain said they're trying to get a better grip on the opioid crisis in Monroe County, in part through a recently formed opioid awareness commission.

"It's really an awakening, eye opening thing to learn that the opioid problem is affecting people that young and that heroin is so prevalent that it's easy access for people that are under 18 years of age," Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain said.

He reminds those who do drugs, that help might not always be available as those you are with might not always be able to call 911.


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