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More suspected overdoses in Butler overnight

August 17, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

Three versions of the opiate antidote drug naloxone

Emergency crews used Narcan to revive three suspected overdose victims in Butler during a six-hour period between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

The overnight rescues came just a day after first responders saved five apparent OD victims in the city with the same opiate antidote drug.

Joelle J. Lees, 34, of Butler, one of those patients treated Tuesday, overdosed for the second consecutive day at about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Butler police said.

Authorities found her unconscious on a sidewalk on West North Street — across from the City Building.

A friend who was walking with Lees called 911 to report she was unresponsive. Butler firefighters and Butler Ambulance Service medics responded along with police.

Crews administered Narcan, which awakened Lees. She was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Police cited her for public drunkenness.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.