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Plane forced to return to gate after man suffers overdose on heroin, pills in New York

March 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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On Wednesday, man on his way to complete a stay in rehab began foaming at the mouth while on a flight about to depart for Florida after he suffered an overdose on prescription narcotics and heroin, forcing the plane to make an emergency return.

The unnamed 24-year-old, who is a resident of Bethpage, N.Y., was on his way to a rehab in Florida for addiction treatment when he overdosed while on the flight, the New York Daily News reported.

While the jet was on the runway at JFK in New York, passengers saw the man going in and out of consciousness, foaming at the mouth, and struggling to breathe.

The plane made a sudden turnaround back to the terminal at approximately 10:30 p.m., where Port Authority Officers were waiting to meet the man.

The plane was forced to land in JFK Airport after a passenger overdosed. (TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The man was administered an emergency dose of Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, which stabilized him before he was brought to Jamaica Hospital.

The man reportedly took heroin and an unspecified dosage of anxiety pills, a toxic mix that likely caused the near-lethal incident.

New York saw a 135.7% increase in synthetic opioid and heroin fatalities between 2014 and 2015.

A record number of 33,000 Americans were killed from opioid-related overdoses in 2015, according to the CDC. Opioid overdoses contributed to the first decrease in U.S. life expectancy since 1993 and surpassed deaths from car accidents in 2015. Combined, heroin, fentanyl and other opiate painkillers accounted for about 63% of drug-related deaths, which took 52,404 lives across the country in 2015.

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