A frightening Facebook Live video from Massachusetts shows the life-and-death struggle that follows an apparent drug overdose.
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Posted just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dorchester area of Boston, a man confronts a couple in a car about using drugs in his neighborhood.
A needle is visible, lying in the woman’s lap.
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The woman wakes up as the resident confronts her, but the man in the passenger seat does not.
The couple in the video carry their own Narcan, according to the woman, and she retrieves it from the trunk. She then starts doing CPR.
The man who confronted them keeps filming and tries to help.
“Do you have a pulse? ... The police are coming,” he can be heard saying.
The woman asks the man how long they had been sitting in the car.
“Ya’ll had been sitting here for a while, and we could tell what ya’ll were up to,” he responded.
The woman, still performing CPR, thanks him.
A Boston police officer arrives and shortly after the man begins to move, and then vomits.
“I’m glad you came back, man,” said the man filming the video.
The video has been shared more than 20,000 times and has more than 2 million views, capturing people’s attention from around the country.
“I'll say almost once a shift now we're doing overdoses," said Debra Johnson with Brewster Ambulance.
In Boston so far this year, EMTs have responded to more than 1,300 overdose calls, which is on par with 2016. That’s about 7.5 calls a day.
The number of fatalities, however, has doubled from last year.
“A lot of the people that we find deceased that we refer to the Medical Examiner are somebody who maybe used alone,” said Chief Jim Hooley, a Boston EMT.
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