Police chief's business card used to snort heroin by woman who overdosed

The chief posted his story to Facebook to warn people of the dangers of even touching heroin. (Source: Facebook)
The chief posted his story to Facebook to warn people of the dangers of even touching heroin. (Source: Facebook)

CANAL FULTON, OH (WOIO) - The heroin epidemic took a dramatic turn for one police chief in a small Stark County town. A woman who overdosed on heroin used his business card to snort the drug.

Imagine the police chief's surprise to find his business card in an evidence bag.

"Yeah I was quite shocked when I saw that," said Chief Douglas Swartz with Canal Fulton Police.

Chief Swartz said a middle-aged woman overdosed on heroin at the house of a man he met with a few days before.

"He went ahead and took her to the station and took all the paraphernalia and wiped all the powder off the sink and gathered it up with his bare hands and brought it here to the Canal Fulton Police Department," Swartz said.

"And I looked in the bag and I saw my business card and that's when all of the pieces of the puzzle fell together. She used that card to ingest the drug," he said.

When he got over his shock, Swartz was worried about that man's health.

If that heroin had been mixed with fentanyl or carfentanil, he said the man could have died when the drug touched his skin.

"These people are dropping in parks, on sidewalks, in bathrooms and libraries, you could very easily run across this yourself. And you need to know what to do if you do," Swartz said.

Chief Swartz posted this story on social media, warning others never to touch any drug and instead call 911 immediately.

They can save a life, and because of a new law, they won't be arrested.

"People are afraid they're going to get their loved ones in trouble. So when they see an overdose, they try to hide the paraphernalia, thinking they're doing the right thing. That's where this Good Samaritan Law comes into effect," Swartz said.

The Good Samaritan Law went into effect in Ohio last September.

Under the law, you will not be charged if you call for help for yourself or a loved one during an overdose, as long as they fulfill certain conditions like getting treatment for drug addiction.

It allows a person who overdoses immunity twice, before facing charges.

So far the Canal Fulton Police Chief's Facebook post has been shared more than 300 times on Facebook.

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