Ashland man survives heroin overdose

ASHLAND — An Ashland man appears to have survived overdosing on heroin at a popular downtown restaurant and bar, police say.

"This young man's lucky he's alive," said Sgt. Bob Smith of the Ashland Police Department.

Police were called to Creekside Pizza Bistro at 5:25 p.m. Friday after rescue workers on a medical call determined the 34-year-old man, whose name was not released by police, had overdosed, Smith said. Smith did not have an update on the man Monday, but he said he believed the man survived the overdose.

Drug paraphernalia, including a bag of syringes and a burnt spoon, was found at the restaurant after the man was rushed to a hospital, according to police.

The incident, which occurred at a restaurant frequented by local families, was an unusual one for Ashland, Smith said.

He said the overdose shows how harmful drugs such as heroin can be.

"Heroin is a very dangerous drug and this is just an example of how dangerous it can be," he said. "And I think that if you don't believe that there are drugs in the community then you are naive. Every community is impacted by these dangerous drugs."

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