The police officials from Lorain, Ohio had recently had to deal with a most unusual case. After discovering that 29-year-old Nathan Carroll experienced an overdose while driving his car, the authorities discovered that his 24-year-old wife was experiencing the same symptoms at the couple’s home in Lorain. Carroll was an infant in the vehicle when he overdosed, while his wife did the same thing in the presence of three other children. Authorities were able to resuscitate both adults.
The events leading to the Lorain authorities saving the lives of two drug-addicted parents began when a traffic monitoring officer saw a vehicle behaving oddly in traffic. After pulling over the car, the officer saw that the man was experiencing heroin overdose symptoms, and quickly administered a dose of naloxone.
According to the officer who stopped Nathan Carroll’s care, there was an infant in the backseat when the incident happened. Police say that one of the bystanders knew Carroll and his wife, and went to their home in order to inform Samantha Schigel, the man’s wife, about Nathan’s condition.
However, after reaching the couple’s house and ringing the doorbell, the bystander saw a little child opening the door. Fearing the worst, the person asked the girl if her mother was home. The child answered that her mom is indeed home, but she’s lying in bed because she doesn’t feel too well.
After rushing up the stairs, the bystanders found the child’s mother lying unconsciously on the bed and immediately called the authorities. The paramedics who arrived at the woman’s home declared that she overdosed after consuming heroin.
Fortunately, after receiving their doses of naloxone, the couple regain consciousness. Shortly after waking up, both Schigel and Carroll were asked about what they’ve consumed. The couple admitted buying and snorting a white powder, which they believe it was heroin.
The authorities bagged the powder and sent it to a lab for further testing. Results revealed that the white powder was actually poor-quality cocaine laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, commonly used for short-term pain management.
The children were taken away by the authorities and placed into protective custody pending their parents’ trial. As for the parents, both of them have been detained and charged with child endangerment, driving a vehicle under the influence of narcotics, implied consent, failure to control, and driving under suspension.
According to the Lorain authorities, the couple did not hire an attorney.
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