VIDEO: Unresponsive female refused to go with rescue after revived from drug overdose…

VIDEO: Unresponsive female refused to go with rescue after revived from drug overdose…

 

HN NOTE: Okay, here’s why it’s important for patients to go with rescue to the emergency room, even after being revived from a life threatening drug overdose:

(What follows is some of what I’ve learned from numerous conversations with medics, police, and in some cases, patients.  But having said that, my knowledge on this subject is a constantly evolving paradigm.  Even the potency of the drugs and what it takes to reverse overdoses has been known to change.  But here’s what I’ve learned so far…)

It’s not unusual for overdose patients to refuse treatment after receiving Narcan. They become wide awake, almost immediately losing the effects of certain drugs, which sometimes makes them upset about losing their “high,”  and oftentimes it simply makes them want to continue taking illicit drugs which still may be nearby and readily available.

But also now, with the arrival of much stronger poisons on our streets, like heroin mixed with fentanyl, first responders are finding normal doses of Narcan are not working as well. Patients often have been known to refuse treatment, only to find themselves overdosing again as soon as the Narcan wears off.

This can lead to a patient isolating and overdosing again a second time even when they have not injected additional drugs.

Rescue has also been known to return and treat the same patient for more than one overdose on the same day. It’s like playing Russian roulette with their lives, each overdose puts them at greater risk of not being revived in time.

Unfortunately, this type of behavior makes some wonder why we even bother to revive overdose patients who seemingly do not want help. The fact is, some addicts do decide to become clean eventually. I have seen this happen on several occasions (and nothing makes me happier to see these acts of strength where some people are rewarded with the ability to keep living). I have seen people remain in recovery, loving their lives without dangerous drugs.

It’s possible.

The easiest way to describe this situation is, when these drugs take hold, people are not thinking for themselves. The drug takes over. Opiates make these patients temporarily insane. I say “temporarily” because one way or another opiate addiction always comes to an end in one of three ways; either people decide to become “clean” and sane again, or they find themselves locked up, sick and behind bars, or else they eventually die.

In the following video, a female patient was found unresponsive from a drug overdose, possibly in respiratory arrest… First responders administered Narcan and as you will see, the patient was alert and talking when initially placed inside an ambulance. But eventually, the patient refused further treatment and transportation to the hospital. Police and medics tried to reason and convince her she needed to be evaluated further, that her condition could still be very dangerous and life threatening.

But the patient walked out of the ambulance, persistently refusing further treatment. Police then had to make the decision to handcuffed her, place her in protective custody, and transport her directly to the emergency room, where she was evaluated further and eventually able to leave.

She is still believed to be alive at the time of this report. The following video highlights the situation.

 


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2/16/2017

 

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4 responses to VIDEO: Unresponsive female refused to go with rescue after revived from drug overdose…

  1. There's Hope February 16th, 2017 at 10:22 am

    To anyone reading this story and thinking this person is a waste of life and resources, here is real life proof that recovering from substance abuse is possible.

    I was addicted to heroin (mainly) for 10 years. I started using heroin in high school. It didn’t start with pot like so many people assume. I went straight to it. I didn’t get hooked at first. It took a year or two but once I was addicted, I ended up with a very large habit. I remember the EXACT moment I gave in to the drug. I remember it hitting me that this drug has a hold on me that is going to kill me….and I didn’t care.

    I was arrested for possessing it a few times and I also caught HEP C from intravenous use. By my mid 20s I was in and out of rehabs trying to get clean but not putting a serious effort in to it. At one point I was overdosing almost on a weekly basis. I was brought to Cape Cod hospital many times and at one point I was brought in a few times in one week. I remember waking up in the ER and as I was coming to, I began to put up a fight to leave and the DR said “Just let him go so he can kill himself”. I said thank you and was on my way. By the end of my 20s I had had enough. I was arrested for possession when I overdosed in a restaurant bathroom. The EMT used Narcan to revive me and once I was revived, I was taken in to police custody. As I went through the legal process again, I went to rehab for the final time.

    I went in for 30 days and came out a new man. I got my act together and decided I need to do something with my life. I went to college (did not graduate though… I wish I had) and began contemplating what I could do with my life. I made a decision to stop doing narcotics and I haven’t looked back. I am not an AA/NA guy. I do not go to meetings or anything. Some people think that only AA/NA can save you but that’s their issue. I’ve been fine without it. I’ve also attended my fair share of AA/NA meetings throughout the years. I just haven’t gone since I’ve cleaned up my act.

    Fast forward 10 years and I have my life together. Many people reading this probably even know me…and they’d never, ever, ever, know that I was once addicted to heroin. I was cured of HEP C and I am a pillar in my community, I have a professional career, and I am in the upper middle class. I am not only friendly with policemen/women, lawyers, doctors, DAs, judges, magistrates, politicians, and etc, I also do business with them. My reputation among them and the community at large is of a responsible man of his word who is trustworthy, hard working, and is someone who is dependable. My ethics and integrity have never been questioned and I’ve never been in a position to have them questioned.

    So while some of you are reading this and thinking I am a worthless junkie and I should just die, I’ll have you know I am a husband, son, brother, uncle, and finally, a man who has overcome a very big obstacle. I am willing to bet someone reading this has done business with me and you never knew that the person you did business with had a crippling addiction that nearly killed him.

    To the ones reading this while they’re waiting for their dealer to wake up: YOU can recover too. Don’t get down on yourself because you think your addiction ruined your life. It may not have. If you’ve woken up this morning, you still have a chance at living the normal life you want. It takes some work in the beginning but once you overcome your demon, it is smooth sailing.

    I will retire a wealthy man with a family. I will retire knowing I’ve attained the successes in life that I have always wanted, both personally and professionally. I have worked incredibly hard to get where I am and I will continue to work just as hard as I did on day one. I am not and will not be a drain on society and I will do whatever I can to remain a pillar of my community and that is my wish for anyone reading this.

    Cheers!

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  2. E February 17th, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Drugs are bad ummkayyy

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  3. anonymous February 17th, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    THANK YOU! Someone that has walked in those shoes and knows both sides.

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  4. Your not Alone... February 20th, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Amen, Congratulations !! From a parent of a recovered child, that became addicted to a prescribed pain med, they don’t wake up one day and say I want to become addicted.. It is so very hard when a parent feels alone, hopeless, we know, after battling this with our child, for 10 years, a hell we wish never to relive, and after educating, and gaining the support from others that were and had gone through this, we were able to set boundaries, learned how practice detachment with love, because the addiction was affecting the whole family, we had to learn that we were battling the addiction, not our child, they were battling the demons inside, and we had to make peace with the fact, that No one could save them, nor could we, they had to want to take the first step, surrender, I even said I would sell my soul to the devil, if only my child wouldn’t suffer any longer, so desperate, I even would have taken the addiction on my self, however in Reality I knew I just needed to do everything and all I could to help Guide them, Encourage them, love them, and for them to see that they were so worth their life, we told them we would support them to and through recovery, we would not enable, we would not make them comfortable, but we didn’t know then, what we had learned later, and it did only make our family stronger, to never forget why we began our Journey of Hope, although the scars remain, we are all in repair, we are so very Grateful, for all the support we gained, and the ones who offered an ear, and Inspired us, to apply the tools, knowledge, to help Guide our child, they are over 10 months free, very proud of them, they are going strong, Recovery is Possible, Believe, to all the parents, loved ones, you are Not alone, you can even reach out to your local Police Dept, they offer Guidance as well, have resources they can offer, if a loved one wants to surrender and take that first step to recovery, or for the parents that may need Guidance to get involved with support teams as well, Never Lose Hope, Believe !!

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