JammedUp News

News

Police release video showing cops giving lifesaving drug to overdose victim on public bus

February 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police release video showing cops giving lifesaving drug to overdose victim on public bus

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

Authorities in Pennsylvania have released video of a man in the midst of an overdose after shooting heroin on a crowded bus outside Philadelphia.

Police officers had to revive 25-year-old Michael Meeney 25, of Middletown Township on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus using the lifesaving drug Narcan.

On Tuesday, just days later after the incident, Meeney was arrested according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

“The video was released to illustrate how the heroin scourge is affecting communities,” Chitwood said at a press conference.

He added, “Normally you see overdoses in a bathroom or vacant building, but this took place at 1 p.m. in the afternoon on a public bus.”

Meeney is seen in the video shooting heroin into his right arm, gazing over and then falling out of his seat. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

“It’s a great thing that Narcan saves lives, but it doesn’t do anything for the addiction,” Chitwood said.

Officer placed Meeney, who was found with bags of heroin, under arrest around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“He is in the system and he can get treatment in the system,” Chitwood said.

Chitwood said several passengers can be seen in the video rushing to assist Meeney, and called 911. The FDA-approved Narcan nasal spray reverses the effects of opioids.

Upper Darby police had successfully administered the drug 58 times since December, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Get the latest news from the world of crime