Troopers consider charges after drug overdose

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Authorities are considering drug charges against a man two Alaska State Troopers helped revive.

The 27-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, was at a Soldotna motel with his girlfriend Sunday when she called 911 after he allegedly overdosed, KTUU reported.

Troopers Thad Hamilton and Eric Olsen found the man unconscious, with foam around his mouth, when they arrived, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.

They applied a sternum rub, Ipsen said.

Hamilton rolled the man on his side. Olsen formed a fist and strongly rubbed his knuckles along the man’s sternum. The technique, which Olsen says he learned by watching medics, is meant to force patients back to consciousness.

“It’s a painful stimuli that shocks the system a little bit,” Ipsen said.

“He brought him back three times, and medics were there on the fourth time,” Ipsen said.

Medics took the man to Central Peninsula Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Troopers found what they said were illegal narcotics at the scene. They weren’t identified, but will be sent to a lab for analysis.

No arrests were made Sunday, but Ipsen said troopers anticipate forwarding charges to the district attorney, pending the results of the lab tests.

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