It’s no secret that opioid addiction has swept the nation and has become an unparalleled crisis. But on Monday, several Philadelphia police officers saw one woman on a whole other level.
According to WLKY, officers patrolling the city Monday afternoon were tipped off by a bystander that there was a woman lying on the ground nearby. But upon approach, they quickly realized she was well into her pregnancy — and she was unresponsive.
Soon, officers deduced she tragically overdosed on opioids, and quickly administered Narcan, a drug used to counteract narcotic overdoses. She was given a dose of Narcon twice before she regained consciousness, according to WLKY, but, thankfully, she was reportedly OK.
She did, however, refuse to consent to any medical treatment and transportation to a hospital. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Lt. Michael Fox told WLKY:
“At that time, the Philadelphia Fire Department came over to the location and she refused their services. She didn’t want to go to the hospital. She didn’t want any kind of medical treatment. She got up and left the area.”
But that wouldn’t be the last time officials would see the woman that night.
Just 40 minutes later, officers noticed her again; she was passed out on a public sidewalk.
Without hesitating, the policemen picked her up and brought her to the closest hospital.
According to reports, she had, once again, overdosed on narcotics.
Woman, app 7mos pregnant, given Narcan by Transit Police for heroin OD. Refused transport to hospital. 40 minutes later she OD’d again.
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) September 18, 2017
People from the community were devastated to learn of the woman’s overdoses, especially for the sake of her unborn child:
In a situation like this can she be involuntarily committed to a hospital or facility that could help her? My heart aches for her & the baby
— Sarah Armstrong (@SOA_USA) September 18, 2017
Hope for her sake and her baby’s that she gets the help she needs.
— Steve Lindsay CBS (@SteveLindsayCBS) September 19, 2017
— Ginny Murray (@gin_murray) September 19, 2017
That poor innocent child.
— joanne shiels (@joanneshiels2) September 18, 2017
Prayers fir the poor baby. Thank you for all that you and your Officers Fo everyday.
— Glammy (@lyntrus) September 19, 2017
It should be noted that many have speculated her second overdose was actually the result of the Narcon wearing off, rather than the possibility of her taking narcotics for the second time, however that remains unclear.
Fox wrote on Twitter that if his officers were legally permitted to force her into receiving medical treatment they would have, however, the laws don’t “look promising” to him. There have been no updates on the woman, but her child has an entire community praying for his or her safety.