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'Narcan parties:' Drug users overdosing to be brought back to life

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

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North Carolina emergency workers in Rowan County expressed frustration Thursday over "Narcan parties," which they said are increasing in the area.

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Emergency workers said they've noticed the spike over the past six months, WSOC-TV reported.

"With Narcan readily available and over the counter now, they are having group gatherings called Narcan parties,” said Chris Richardson, Emergency Management Services battalion chief for Rowan County. “They will have numerous people around.” 

He said party-goers get high in houses or cars in public places, then an emergency responder with Narcan will try to revive them, giving the drug user a rush. 

He said a few weeks ago that a couple overdosed on heroin at a shopping center, knowing an ambulance with Narcan was just a call away.

"(They) picked up the drug, didn't want to wait to get to their residence, both wanted to use, they did it in a public place so they would be found," Richardson said. 

The numbers of overdoses are staggering. 

There were 292 calls in 2016 in Rowan County when Narcan was administered. 

This year, through June, they've already had 284 calls for a 94 percent increase. 

The opioid epidemic is staggering in parts of Ohio, too, where officials are saying citizens are taking advantage of emergency services. 

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A box of the opioid antidote Naloxone, also known as Narcan, sits on display. In March 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed nationwide, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Lawsuit claims potty seat sold at Target can injure boys, cause lacerations

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Families of 15 boys have filed a class action lawsuit against Target and the makers of the WeePod potty training seat,  claiming the boys suffered cuts to their genitals after using the defective product.
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Families of 15 boys have filed a class action lawsuit against Target and the makers of the WeePod potty training seat, claiming the boys suffered cuts to their genitals after using the defective product.(Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/service/terms/#usage)

The families of 15 young boys have filed a class-action lawsuit against Target and the makers of a popular potty training seat, over claims toddler boys’ genitals can get stuck in the seat, causing serious lacerations.

The weePOD potty training seats are manufactured by Prince Lionheart Inc. 

“Like an old leather car seat and you're wearing a tank top and it sticks, so it's the same mechanism,” attorney John Kristensen told KNBC. “When you pull it off, the penis is still stuck but the rest of the body is moving. That skin is so sensitive that it rips.”

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Attorneys said that Prince Lionheart knew the seats were defective and made corrections, but over 500,000 defective potty seats are still being sold on store shelves. 

Daniel, one father who is participating in the lawsuit on behalf of his son, said he was lifting the 4-year-old out of the family’s weePOD Basix potty when the boy started screaming.

“We were, I don’t know how to explain it, horrified to see that happening to our son,” Daniel told KABC. “There was blood, skin, everything everywhere.”

The parents said they took the boy to the emergency room.

Attorneys representing the families said that Prince Lionheart is refusing to pull the defective child product from store shelves.

“They've modified it, but the defective ones are still out there, and they're going to be hurting kids in the future,” attorney John Carpenter told KSAB.

An attorney for Prince Lionheart stated that the company disagrees with the claims.

Target also issued a statement, saying it requires all vendors to follow product safety laws and Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. 

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Migrant mother, 7-year-old son reunited after being separated at border

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

WATCH: Guatemalan Mother And Son Reunited

A Guatemalan woman and her 7-year-old son were reunited early Friday in Baltimore, one month after immigration officials separated them at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to multiple reports.

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Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia filed suit Tuesday against the government, claiming immigration officials “ripped” her son, Darwin, from her after they crossed the border into Arizona last month, Politico reported.

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She was reunited with her son around 2:30 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, hours after a Justice Department lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge the child would be released.

Mejia-Mejia, 38, told reporters waiting to capture their reunion Friday morning that she could tell from her son’s face that “he’s sad, but we’re going to be together, and no one’s going to separate us again,” The Washington Post reported.

Mejia-Mejia and Darwin surrendered on May 19 to Border Patrol agents after they crossed from Mexico into the U.S. near San Luis, Arizona, according to the Post. Darwin was held at a shelter in Phoenix before his release Friday, CNN reported.

Mejia-Mejia, who came from Guatemala, filed for asylum after crossing the border. She was fleeing from violence and death threats from her husband, according to CNN.

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The Post reported that Mejia-Mejia was not criminally charged for crossing the border. Her attorneys argued that her case “showed that border officials were separating families to deter asylum seekers,” a tactic authorities have denied using.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. 

>> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations 

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order after unsuccessfully calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Husband cuts off wife’s arm with steak knife in Brooklyn, flees, police say

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

Yong Lu, 35, is wanted in Brooklyn, New York after police said he allegedly cut off his wife's arm with a steak knife during a domestic dispute.
New York Police Department
Yong Lu, 35, is wanted in Brooklyn, New York after police said he allegedly cut off his wife's arm with a steak knife during a domestic dispute.(New York Police Department)

A man who cut off his wife’s arm with a steak knife in Brooklyn on Thursday is still at large, New York police say.

The woman’s arm was severed just above the elbow, investigators told WNYW. Police said she also lost two fingers in the attack. 

Yong Lu, 35, is wanted by New York police after he fled the scene, New York police tweeted

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The 35-year-old victim is pregnant, WCBS reports. She is hospitalized in stable but critical condition. 

The couple has a 7-year-old son, WNYW reports.

Hospital officials said she is expected to survive. 

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Police dog snatches shotgun from alleged burglar’s hands, takes gun to another room

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

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A rookie police dog made sure his fellow human officers were safe on a recent police call. 

Pensacola Police said they were called when Oliver Hurst forced his way into his girlfriend’s home early Thursday morning. He was armed with a shotgun and used it to threaten his girlfriend before returning to his home across the street, police said. 

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When police arrived, Hurst was on his front porch, but refused to surrender before going inside. Officers said they  followed him inside where they they saw Hurst grab the gun from a couch. 

That’s when Foster, an 18-month-old German shepherd, who is the newest on the team, jumped into action. He grabbed the gun from Hurst’s hands and took it to another room of the house, where police seized the weapon.

Police used a stun gun on Hurst to subdue him before taking him into custody.

Police said Hurst was charged with armed burglary, aggravated assault, battery, criminal mischief and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Oliver Hurst(Escambia County Jail)

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