Heroin addiction links two communities

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DOE RUN, MO (KTVI) - A quick thinking good Samaritan may be the only reason two heroin overdose victims are still alive.  The pair were dumped from a car and left for dead in Jennings on Monday afternoon.  It appears they had traveled some distance for the fix that nearly killed them.

A bystander says he saw a gold Nissan Altima pull into a parking lot behind a gas station at Highway 367 and Jennings Station Road, Monday.  He turned his attention to something else, the noticed something.

“When I looked back I saw something laying on the ground and it didn’t fit,” the man, whoa sked not to be identified, told FOX 2.

“And I looked again and said think those are bodies laying on the ground.”

He called 911, believing both people were dead,  but noticed something while talking to dispatchers.

“Finally the young woman’s stomach moved and I got irate with the police to get here quick.  It’s a survival kind of thing.  Get here as quick as you can.  I never did see the male move but he was covered up with coats.”

Medics arrived and gave the victims what the witness describes as “some kind of shot.”  Police later surmised it was the anti-overdose drug Narcan, though a Christian Hospital representative speaking for the paramedics said he didn’t believe that drug was used.  Regardless, it had an immediate impact.

The good Samaritan says, “The girl actually sat up after a brief moment.  They were trying to do something, move her around and all of a sudden she just sat up.”

The pair was rushed to a local hospital; meanwhile a source close to police tells FOX 2 they had apparently come a long way for the drugs.  The source says they are from Doe Run, a town of just over 900 nearly 100 miles from Jennings.

The identities of the two were not released, and had not made their way around town in tiny Doe Run, Missouri, where sources close to police say they’re from.

At the fire station in the town, about an hour and a half from where the pair was dumped, firefighters and medics say not even their small community is immune to the heroine problem that’s sweeping Missouri and the nation.

“It’s kind of hard to believe but at the same time not.  It’s all over the place,” firefighter Jean Usher told us.  “I work at a facility where we see a lot of that.  It’s bad.  Between that and the methamphetamine.  It’s horrible.  It’s taking our kids and our young adults.”

Back in St. Louis County, police say they have some clues to work with that they believe will lead them to the person or people who dumped the two overdose victims.

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