Two people who suffered drug overdoses in public places on Friday were aided by good Samaritans and the Rome Fire Department.
Deputy Fire Chief Mark S. Kohlbrenner said an adult male suffered a heroin overdose at the front counter of the Burger King restaurant on South Madison Street at about 10:23 a.m. Kohlbrenner said a second adult male suffered a heroin overdose in the parking lot of Ace Hardware on Black River Boulevard at about 5:50 p.m.
The chief said rescue personnel administered the overdose-halting drug Naloxone on both men and they were revived. He said the two men then declined further medical treatment and were released.
The chief said the man outside Ace Hardware was also assisted by passersby, one of whom also gave the man a dose of Naloxone.
“Big spike in overdoses right now,” Kohlbrenner stated, though he noted the cause of the spike has not yet been determined.
The Oneida County Overdose Response Team issued an overdose spike warning on Nov. 14.