Police use Narcan to save man who overdosed on crowded bus
KRISTEN DE GROOT
Feb. 23, 2016
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police outside Philadelphia released video Tuesday showing a man overdosing on heroin on a crowded transit bus and being revived by police officers carrying a lifesaving drug.
Michael Meeney, 25, of Middletown Township, was arrested early Tuesday, almost five days after he was treated with Narcan on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
The department posted edited video of the overdose and revival on its Facebook page. Chitwood said it was to show how the heroin scourge is affecting communities.
"Normally you see overdoses in a bathroom or vacant building, but this was at 1 p.m. on a public bus," he said.
In the video, Meeney is seen shooting heroin into his right arm, looking dazed and then collapsing into the aisle. The footage, recorded Thursday, cuts to the bus empty of passengers and officers administering the Narcan spray. It then shows officers escorting him off the bus as some of the 40 passengers applaud from the sidewalk.
Meeney was taken to an ambulance, treated at a hospital and released.
"He was probably back doing heroin by 5 o'clock," Chitwood said. "It's a great thing that that Narcan saves lives but it doesn't do anything for the addiction."
Meeney was arrested at 1 a.m. Tuesday and jailed after packets found in his belongings tested positive for heroin.
"At least he is in the system and he can get treatment in the system," Chitwood said.
Online court documents don't list a lawyer for Meeney, who has a number of prior arrests, mostly for petty drug charges.