October 5, 2015

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Medina police save another from heroin overdose with Narcan antidote

MEDINA — Medina police may have saved the life of one of two Lafayette Township brothers on heroin by administering the antidote Narcan.

Police reported finding Brent N. Barnum, 30, and Bradley J. Barnum, 27, both of the 6700 block of Ballash Road, on the bathroom floor of a Lafayette Road trailer Sunday.

Officer Michael Lyons administered a dose of Narcan to Brent Barnum, who appeared to be in the worst condition.

Lyons said Brent Barnum was unresponsive with shallow breathing and a weak pulse.

Narcan is a trade name for naloxone, a drug that blocks opiate receptors in the brain, allowing overdose victims to resume breathing almost immediately.

This is the third time Medina officers have administered Narcan since Gov. John Kasich signed a law in March allowing police and other first-responders to carry the antidote.

Brent Barnum was revived and turned over to the care of a Medina Life Support Team and transported along with his brother to Medina Hospital for further treatment.

“I want to commend Sgt. Patrick Sloan and the officers of his patrol shift for their great job on this case. They are a great team,” Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said.

The Barnum brothers were arrested on possession of heroin charges, a fifth-degree felony, after they were released from Medina Hospital the day of the incident.

The owner of the trailer where the men were found, Kim D. McNutt, 51, was arrested Wednesday on a possession of heroin charge, a fifth-degree felony. Officers served a search warrant and found suspected heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia, according to Medina police.

Brent Barnum has been released from Medina County Jail on bond. Bradley Barnum and McNutt are being held at the jail on 10 percent of $10,000 bond each.

“We are glad to save a life, but there is no free lunch,” Berarducci said. “By arresting a heroin addict, we are giving the court and the family the opportunity to impact on the addict’s outcome; and we are giving an addict a second chance but with accountability.

“Anything else is a waste of our time and resources.”

Detective Mary Gross is leading the follow-up investigation and is being assisted by Detective Dan Warner of the Medina County Drug Task Force.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.