REYNOLDSBURG (WCMH) – Reynoldsburg Police shared an image on their Facebook page of a man who had apparently overdosed behind the wheel of his car.
A Reynoldsburg officer was called to the 6400 block of E. Main St. on Oct. 16 around 3:15 a.m. on a report of someone driving erratically.
The officer found the vehicle stopped along the side of the road. An unconscious man was behind the wheel. Police said officers “observed fresh syringe marks on the male’s arm and noticed that he was snoring and sweating profusely.”
Medics from the Truro Township Fire Department were called to the scene. Medical personnel administered 4 doses of naloxone (Narcan) before the driver became conscious again. The man was charged with OVI and drug possession.
Police Sgt. Mark Moser said police wanted to “put the word out” that drug use and drug addiction are problems the entire community faces.
“These individuals who are under the influence of drugs endanger every other motorist on the street,” he said.
Longtime officers on the force say they have worked through the crack epidemic of the 80s and early 90s. Now, heroin is the drug of choice.
“With the heroin epidemic, you see folks who are doing it 24/7. They’re out there,” said Lt. Bill Early. “A lot of times they will come to a public place and do it because if they do overdose, there will be someone there who will see them, and they’ll call the squad, and they’ll be able to get revived.”
This past spring, officers say they had to revive two people in the church parking lot.
“If you or you know someone is a drug abuser, there is help out there. Because you are endangering everyone in our community,” said Moser.