Overdose in Troy, face stiffer penalty


TROY — If you overdose in the city of Troy, you will be cited with a more serious charge.

Beginning on Aug. 23, under the direction of Miami County Municipal Court Prosecutor Lenee Brosh, the Troy Police Department will cite those who overdose with a first-degree misdemeanor inducing panic instead of the lesser offense of a fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

According to Troy Police Department Capt. Joe Long, the charge will be handed out to those who overdose, but lack any physical evidence such as drug abuse instruments like drug capsules, needles or other drug paraphernalia.

A first-degree misdemeanor charge penalty carries up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 fine.

Troy Police Department officers responded to an apparent overdose around 1:16 p.m. on South Clay Street on Wednesday. The reporting party stated Daniel Barnhart, 41, of Celina, walked into her residence and passed out on the sofa.

Troy medics administered two doses of nasal Narcan and attempted a sternum rub to wake him without results. The medics then administered an IV for a third dose of Narcan. After a few minutes, Barnhart began to cough and slowly woke up. Barnhart denied using opiates and refused to be transported to Upper Valley Medical Center.

Officer Chris Madigan cited Barnhart for inducing panic due to the medics administering three doses of Narcan. Barnhart will be arraigned on the charge on Sept. 19.

First-degree misdemeanor inducing panic now in place

By Melanie Yingst

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