HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI – It was previously reported that two men were injured in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday May 9th, 2017, at approximately 1:30pm, on east bound I-94 near 16 Mile Rd.
The two victims were found to be unresponsive when authorities arrived on scene. Several citizens had attempted to assist with the two men located in the vehicle prior to emergency personnel arriving to the crash site.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s office continued on with their investigation into the crash after they had clear the scene of the accident.
After further investigation, it is believed that the unresponsiveness of these males was drug induced. Upon the arrival of Macomb County Sheriff Deputies, who are trained with and carry Narcan, it was administered to both subjects in the vehicle. After receiving Narcan, which was administered nasally, both subjects became responsive and were transported to the hospital for further treatment. These males, both in their early 20’s, reside in Richmond. This report has been submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office who are determining if there will be any criminal charges.
Since May, 2015, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has saved more than 75 lives with the use of Narcan. Narcan nasal spray is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. Deputies are trained with, and carry Narcan, as in many situations, they are the first responders to reports of drug overdoses.
Heroin is a growing epidemic in Macomb County. The Sheriff’s Office continues to support the fight against narcotics by enforcing narcotic laws and confiscating illegal drugs. The Sheriff’s Office has implemented the use of Narcan and has a specialized unit to deal with narcotics. More recently, the Sheriff’s Office has joined Hope Not Handcuffs to help those who seek help for addiction.