A bystander live-streamed two men passed out on the ground of an Ohio McDonald’s parking lot Thursday during an apparent heroin overdose.
While recording, Eddie Wimbley stumbled upon a vehicle with a man in the driver’s seat and another man lying on the ground incapacitated, according to Fox8.
As Wimbley approaches the car, other onlookers are there seemingly waiting for medical professionals to arrive. Wimbley and a couple of other people try to rouse the two breathing-impaired men.
Paramedics eventually arrived, and assisted the substance-abusers.
One of the men in the Facebook video was identified as Michael Williams, according to KHOU.
“I was fighting back the tears,” Williams said of watching the video after he was saved. “I got goosebumps and teary eyed. Like I said, I am a strong individual, and it was hard to watch.”
Emergency responders gave Williams the drug Narcan, which is supposed to counter the effects of a heroin overdose. (RELATED: The Drug That Reverses Heroin Overdoses Is Doled Out For Free In Baltimore)
“I hope it is like a wake-up call,” Wimbley said. “I just do not understand how people can do something knowing that they could possibly die.”
Williams admitted that he must address his substance abuse and explained that the video in fact does serve as a wake-up call.
“I definitely have a problem,” Williams said, according to KHOU. “If I could get the help right now, I would definitely go. I need it I want it.”
Williams’ older sister, Amber Roesch, said she does not “want to have to bury him.”
Ohio, specifically the city of Sandusky where the incident occurred, has been undergoing a heroin abuse epidemic. (RELATED: America Consumes 80% Of The World’s Opioids, And Other Crazy Statistics)
“We have seen levels of overdoses in the last two weeks that are unprecedented. We have had as many as 20 plus overdoses and four suspected overdose deaths in the past two weeks. Sandusky Fire Department has administered Narcan over 170 times this year, up from 80 last year,” Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech said on an official Facebook post.
“Although we strongly support recovery and treatment efforts, the drug traffickers will continue to be pursued in a more concentrated effort.”
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