Portsmouth, Ohio Police Officers sprang into action to save a woman from a potentially lethal overdose on Monday.
It all started around 3:30 pm. Officers answered a call to the 1200 block of Chillicothe Street for a report of a possibly crashed vehicle with a woman inside. When Portsmouth officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that there hadn’t been a crash. However, the woman in the vehicle was definitely in distress with what appeared to be an overdose.
After several unsuccessful attempts to bring the woman around, officers administered Narcan. The life-saving overdose antidote comes in the form of a nasal spray. Narcan instantly revives someone who had overdosed on opioids. Large doses of opioids depress breathing, sometimes leading to death. A dose of Narcan can immediately reverse the effects of the drugs. As a bonus, the medication has no effect on people who aren’t taking opioids. If you are mistaken about an overdose, It’s impossible to accidentally harm someone Many experts encourage citizens in areas with high incidents of opioid overdoses to keep Narcan with them to come to the aid of someone in respiratory distress.
After the police administered the drug, she regained consciousness. Shortly afterward, medics from the Portsmouth Fire Department arrived on the scene. However, she refused treatment.
Police said she was unsteady on her feet and spoke with slurred speech. Officers said they believed her intoxicated state put her and others at risk. They placed Natalie Marshall, 44, of McDermott under arrest for disorderly conduct.
Long History of Driving Violations
Police took Marshall to the Scioto County Jail. Marshall has a long history of traffic citations including:
- fictitious plates
- seat belt violations
- failing to maintain assured clear distance
- reckless operation of a motor vehicle
Plus, there are multiple citations for driving without a license.
Police charged her with disorderly conduct. Officials set bail at $150. She pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charges in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Tuesday. The court issued a fine of $25 and court costs for a total of $155.