A Massachusetts woman allegedly overdosed on heroin in the toy aisle of a Family Dollar as her 2-year-old daughter attempted to rouse her unconscious mother.
Cellphone video from Sunday shows the woman lying on the floor of the store, located on Winthrop Street in Lawrence, as her daughter tugs on her arm and steps over her limp body. No one in the store intervened, Boston Globe reported, but many stood around and watched.
"Why not help a crying child whose mother is laying there? I like to see her as a person who happens to have an addiction issue," Deanna Cruz, who helps run an opioid prevention program for Merrimack Valley, told New England Cable News.
Residue consistent with fentanyl or heroin and paraphernalia was found in the mother's bag, police said, according to reports. She was revived with two doses of Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of opioids, and taken to Lawrence General Hospital, NECN reported.
“It just shows how powerful this narcotic is, that people in the throes of addiction are willing to put their loved ones in danger to feed the addiction,” Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told the Globe.