Drug Overdosed Man Found Unconscious Inside Car With A Child
In an apparent drug overdose, a local man in Portland, Maine was found unconscious inside his vehicle with a five year-old child.
According to WMTW News, 37 year-old Peter Coffin was found unconscious inside his parked car at 8:15pm at 72 Commercial St. in front of the Ri Ra's Irish Pub.
Witnesses in the area began to notice something strange when the person behind the wheel of the stationary car appeared lifeless prompting some locals to perform CPR until paramedics from the Fire Department arrived and recovered Coffin back to consciousness.
He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for overdose treatment. The child who was with him was reportedly unhurt and currently in the custody of a relative.
In a report by Bangor Daily News, the police formally charged Coffin with driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of the child. He is expected to appear in court to face the complaints filed against him on February 4 next year.
In another note, drug overdose is increasingly becoming a public health concern in some parts of the United States.
For example, Ohio is now placed second among the states with very high drug overdose deaths in the country as mentioned by WTRF 7 News.
Experts observed that Ohio being rated as America's second drug overdose death state is hardly surprising as addiction become tenaciously rampant across the state.
"Ten years ago, heroin was maybe five to ten percent of our clientele. And now it's about 90 percent. I mean it's a big jump," said Rebecca Kinkade, a clinical supervisor for Crossroads Counseling as quoted saying by WTRF News.
For Kinkade the best way to stop drug overdose is never to start any habit that leads to substance abuse and addiction. She recommends strengthening information campaigns to dissuade people from drug overdosing and addiction to illegal narcotics.