Pittsburgh paramedics saved a shockingly young girl from a heroin overdose

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: A pharmacist at a Walgreens store holds a box of the overdose antidote Naloxone Hydrochloride on February 2, 2016 in New York City. Hundreds of Duane Reade and Walgreen Co. pharmacies will begin giving out the heroin antidote without a prescription across New York state as the heroin epidemic continues to spread. Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, can temporarily block the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other painkillers. It is estimated that one person dies every day in New York from a drug overdose. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A Pittsburgh girl was hospitalized last week after being revived by the overdose drug Narcan, reports WGN-TV. She was just 11 years old.

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Paramedics confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she was using heroin, and that she overdosed “surrounded by photos of friends and posters plastered on her bedroom walls.” Police found “multiple” stamp bags of heroin near the child; at least one was open.

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The overdose happened in the 2300 block of Palm Beach Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Beechville neighborhood. The victim is a sixth-grader at South Hills Middle School.

Her sister, 20, says her family had “no idea” the victim was a heroin user.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the girl’s mother was “visibly distraught” at her daughter’s near-death experience and insisted that she did not know about her daughter’s using.

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services could neither confirm nor deny to the Post-Gazette that child services was involved with the family, citing confidentiality laws.

A medic who responded to the call said this was undoubtedly one of the youngest victims they’d ever seen. Stacey Yaras said the call was “hard to forget,” and we’d have to agree.

“What did this kid see that she needed to escape from?” she asked.

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