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Narcan saves OD victim in court parking lot

Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 15:14:21-05

A 26-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after she overdosed on heroin in the parking lot at Cheektowaga Town Court Wednesday afternoon, according to Police.

The court is right next door to Cheektowaga Police Headquarters, and first responders say that fact likely saved her life. Police were able to respond quickly, administering a single dose of Narcan. 

"We got the call and responded with a Narcan kit, and saved her life," said Cheektowaga Assisant Chief Jim Speyer.

According to police, this is the second time since November this same woman has overdosed and been revived by Cheektowaga Police. She is now being treated at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC)

"It just goes to show how prevalent it is, how dangerous it is," said Speyer. "She's just lucky there were people around."

Police were tipped-off about this life or death situation thanks to an anonymous person who ran into the court house and called 911. That person has not been found, and officers believe they may be fearful of getting in trouble.

They want to remind anyone who witnesses an overdose and calls 911 will not face charges due to the Good Samaritan Law. To learn more: click here.

It doesn't matter where you live, scenes like this are happening far too often all across Western New York. This video embodies the reality of the heroin epidemic. Police say this woman was at court to pay a parking ticket. An overdose can happen anywhere, even like in this case the parking lot of a police station.