Over a period of three days, police departments in St. Clair Township and the city of East Liverpool reported five separate drug overdoses.
According to reports from township police, officers were called at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday to the J.C. Penney parking lot where they found a 25-year-old Yeager Road man standing in the passenger door of a pickup truck, leaning over a woman.
He told Patrolman Scott Mick, "She ain't breathing," when he walked up to the vehicle, and the officer climbed into the vehicle and breathed into the woman's mouth several times.
The 62-year-old Yeager Road woman was totally unresponsive and turning blue, according to the officer, who detected a heartbeat in her neck.
He asked if she had injected heroin, and the man with her reportedly replied, "Yes, she just put heroin into her arm, and I have the needle."
An ambulance crew transported her to East Liverpool City Hospital.
At 4:31 p.m. Wednesday, township officers were called to the Dollar General store on state Route 267 for a person yelling at customers and arrived to find a 32-year-old New Cumberland, W.Va. woman slumped over the wheel of a vehicle and a 34-year-old New Cumberland man sitting in the passenger seat, yelling and screaming, banging his head on the front windshield in a confused state.
Officers reported both appeared to be on some type of drug, and North Star Critical Care ambulance was called, with paramedics administering Narcan to the man and woman.
Both were transported to the hospital.
City police responded at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday to the Hot Dog Shoppe on Market for an unresponsive man in the bathroom, where they found a 32-year-old man sitting on the toilet, passed out with a hypodermic needle on the floor near his feet.
An officer was lifted up to unlock the door, which awoke the man, who officers reported was in a daze when brought out of the stall.
Officers found on the rear of the toilet another hypodermic needle, razor blade, sunglasses, bandanna, lighter and cell phone, while on the paper dispenser was found a bottle cap full of liquid, a hypodermic needle cap and a cigarette.
Inside the toilet water was found an aluminum can with residue on it officers said apparently fell from the man's lap.
He was tended to by Ambulance Services Inc. paramedics and transported to East Liverpool City Hospital, with charges pending.
At 7:46 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to an East Eighth Street residence for a possible overdose, where they found a 34-year-old man in a daze, staggering around his rear porch.
Officers reported an orange item fell from him, landing on his feet, and a pat down search turned up a hypodermic needle in his pocket.
He was treated and then transported by ambulance to the hospital, with charges pending.
Police reported this same man was among those people inside a city home Thursday afternoon during execution of a search warrant by the county drug task force where heroin, drug paraphernalia and guns were found.
He was not among those arrested in that operation.
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