Drug overdoses are all too common these days. The United States is suffering a reported opioid epidemic in which more people are dying of drug overdoses every year. Opioids are the cause more often than not.
Opioid drugs are more than just heroin, they’re prescription painkillers. Sometimes it is your doctors who can get you accidentally hooked. Opioids are popular because they change the way your brain perceives pain.
Many people end up addicted to opioids. Once someone starts taking a drug regularly, it is easy to build a tolerance to it. Tolerance is when your body gets used to the drug, so more is needed to feel its effects. The problem is that often this can lead to someone taking more than their body can handle, which leads to overdoses.
Overdoses are your body going into shock from the toxic effects of the drug. With opioids, it can present as slurred speech, constricted eyes, lowered breathing, and even death.
Lisa Byrd, 57, of New Jersey was driving a busload of special needs children when she overdosed. She was driving the bus and ended up crashing it into a tree due to her overdose.
Byrd was not the regular driver of the bus, she was just an aide to the students. When the children’s bus driver was late, she ended up taking matters into her own hands. She decided it would be a great idea to get behind the wheel of the bus while under the influence.
After her crash responders managed to revive Byrd using Narcan. Narcan is the name brand of a drug called naloxone, which is designed to reverse the effects of an overdose. Narcan has been saving lives for a while now, though it is made specifically to work on those who overdose on opioids.
This means that if someone is using synthetic opioids like fentanyl, then Narcan might not work. They would have to be treated very soon after their overdose in order for effects to be reversed. Therefore Narcan isn’t a failsafe way to be safe or save someone.
Byrd was charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was also charged with driving while impaired and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Apparently, Byrd was high on the illegal drug heroin when she started overdosing and crashed into the tree. This was a terrible case where drug use should not have been happening and endangered a group of innocent kids.