America’s opioid crisis continues to worsen – it’s so bad that people are overdosing at alarming rates, even multiple times in one day.
On Monday, a pregnant woman overdosed on heroin and was revived with Narcan, according to SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel.
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
Although seven months pregnant, the woman refused transport to the hospital after she was treated by first resonders, Nestel said on Twitter. Less than an hour later, she overdosed again, the police chief said.
Two SEPTA police officers were patrolling the area around Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, which is known for its heroin-filled streets, Monday afternoon when a passerby approached informed them they saw a pregnant woman who was unconscious, WPVI reported.
The officers then administered Narcan to the woman, and she regained consciousness, said SEPTA Police Lt. Michael Fox. After she refused treatment, the officers spotted her unconscious again.
Paramedics then took the woman to a local hospital, and the officers continued to monitor the neighborhood, which WPVI calls the city’s heroin capital.
“It’s devastating, absolutely devastating,” Fox said. “It’s heartbreaking to see this happen. I am a father, I can only think about my own children. Something like this happen, it’s a terrible issue.”