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Mom, boyfriend overdose on heroin in front of 2 kids in Annapolis

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Posted at 11:37 AM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 07:24:34-04

Scary moments Friday night in Annapolis.  A woman was driving with her boyfriend and two children along Bay Ridge Avenue when the man noticed her lips starting to turn purple.

"She had started passing out behind the wheel,” said Annapolis Police Department Cpl. Amy Miguez.  “They had pulled over and he had called for help."

When crews got to the side of the road, the woman was unconscious.

"When the paramedics got there they administered Narcan right away," Miguez said.

It took two doses to revive her.  She later admitted she had been drinking and took heroin.

First responders brought the woman to the hospital.  Her boyfriend and her 2-year-old and 6-year-old kids were driven to the Police Department to wait.

Two hours later, the man also passed out.

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"An officer found the man in the lobby unresponsive," said Miguez.

The police report says he was "lying on the ground with his arms raised and his fists clenched" and his breathing was "slow and very shallow."

The two young children were "very upset and crying" by his side.

"They had just gone through seeing their mother, kind of having a medical emergency, not knowing what's going on, had her taken away,” Miquez said.

The kids were taken to another room.

Officers gave the man multiple doses of Narcan and performed CPR to revive him.  Another opioid overdose.

According to the police report, the couple bought the heroin to split because they were having a bad day.  They both snorted the illegal narcotic about 1.5 hours before the woman overdosed.

The woman's children were turned over to their grandmother, and Child Protective Services has been notified.

So far, no charges have been filed against the couple.  But police say they're looking to see if any are warranted.

"Unfortunately, in this case it was a series of bad decisions, you can't expect an addict to act, to think logically, their disease is affecting their whole life," said Miguez.

Investigators say they talked to the woman and her boyfriend about resources to help them get clean.

Already this year there have been 465 opioid-related overdoses in Anne Arundel County.  That's a nearly 35% increase from this same time last year.