CINCINNATI (WLWT)— A local restaurant is now stocking Narcan behind its counter, hoping not to have to use it again. Isadore’s Pizzeria workers saved two people who overdosed on heroin Monday morning in the shop’s parking lotbefore calling 911.
The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Coleraine Avenue and was captured on cellphone video.
Workers told WLWT that the restaurant was just about to open for the day when the two individuals were spotted passed out in a car.
“Her lips are purple, there ain’t no telling how long they’ve been sitting here. Their hands, their fingernails are purple,”a worker said.
The employees jumped into action after spotting the man and woman and began recording the incident on a cellphone.
“We had Narcan on site. We had the nasal Narcan, which I think has 2 milligrams in each vial, (and) we gave them a squirt in each nose,” said employee Desiree Patterson.
“I could hear the guy breathing a little bit but that lady, I thought she was gone,” said Stacy Patterson.
The Narcan was provided to the pizza shop by a nurse who stopped in to the restaurant. Workerstold her how bad the heroin problem is.
“Two, three times a day we’re looking out the window at Shell or we’re looking out the window at Camp Chili and there’s an ambulance somewhere helping somebody,” said Patterson.
State health department statistics show that more Ohioans die from opiate overdoses than car crashes.
“It really is a lot on your shoulders thinking we saved somebody yesterday and they might not have been here today if we didn’t have that Narcan,” said Patterson.
Business was back to usual on Tuesday. Workers served pizza and soft drinks to customers.
A new Narcan kit is behind the counter, just in case it is needed.
Many of the workers said heroin has hooked many of their family members, so they’re doing what they can to stop it.
“The drug doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care about your race, it doesn’t care about your age it doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor,” said Stacy Patterson.
Isadore’s Pizzeria workers said they obtained the most recent Narcan kits from a needle exchange program in Cincinnati that provides the kits free of charge.
Organizers of Cincinnati Exchange Project told WLWT that its Narcan kits have saved at least 100 people from overdoses since the program started 2½ years ago.
Isadore’s Pizza workers have a new Narcan kit after saving two people who OD’d yesterday in the parking lot. #wlwt pic.twitter.com/kKNGxsDUx8
— Amanda Kelley (@AmandaWLWT) October 5, 2016