Summit County woman survives heroin overdose Thanksgiving morning
Victim found unconscious by deputies in Kimball Junction-area apartment
November 29, 2016
A Summit County woman survived an overdose early Thanksgiving morning after she reportedly tried heroin for the first time, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
At around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, dispatch received a report that a woman in her 40s had overdosed at an apartment in the Kimball Junction area, Lt. Andrew Wright said. She was found unconscious in the apartment with several other people when deputies arrived.
Emergency responders with the Park City Fire District revived the woman and she was transported to the Park City Hospital, a report stated.
No arrests were made immediately following the incident, Wright said. However, he added, an investigation is ongoing to determine the source of the drugs.
"Deputies will go forward with an investigation and talk with witnesses to figure out where the substance came from and who the supplier was," Wright said. "Luckily for her she was revived and this is not also a death investigation."
Law enforcement officials have only responded to two other cases described as overdoses since June, Wright said, adding that the number does not include overdoses that resulted in a death. No information was available about the substances involved in those cases.
Wright said law enforcement officials do not believe heroin use is prevalent in Summit County, before adding "at least that we are aware of."
"I wouldn't say we have a problem here, but we do get cases from time to time. Unfortunately, it is oftentimes an overdose that brings it to our attention," Wright said. "Drugs like this destroy lives and can tear apart communities.
"Everyone should have a level of concern when it comes to any sort of substance abuse within the community," he said. "We can all do our part. If anyone has knowledge of that they need to bring it to someone's attention, particularly to those in law enforcement."
To contact the Sheriff's Office, call 435-615-3500.