Children Discover Couple Passed Out From Drug Overdose In Local Library


(WBRE/WYOU) LUZERNE COUNTY –  A source tells eyewitness News that two people were found passed out from an apparent drug overdose at the Osterhout free library in Wilkes-Barre and that kids were the ones who found them.

Lights, sirens and uniformed men rattled some parents and children at an event Saturday afternoon at the Osterhout Library in Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre City police officers escorted a man out of the building in handcuffs. He seemingly could not keep his balance. 

A source tells us that the man and another woman overdosed on heroin. Parents say a group of children found the pair passed out. 

Both the man and woman were taken away by ambulance. Officials say heroin continues to be a growing problem in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Luzerne County led Northeastern Pennsylvania with the number of overdose deaths. It had a total of sixty seven according to the Pennsylvania Coroners association. The Drug Enforcement Agency says heroin accounts for more than half of reported drug related deaths in the commonwealth. 

Eyewitness News reached out to the library, but no one has offered a comment.

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