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12-year-old girl gives CPR in one of two overdoses on Lexington street

Lexington police and fire officials responded to two overdoses Monday that occurred at two nearby apartments on Willard Street.
Lexington police and fire officials responded to two overdoses Monday that occurred at two nearby apartments on Willard Street. meads@herald-leader.com

A 12-year-old girl gave CPR to one of two men who overdosed Wednesday morning on Willard Street in Lexington.

Lexington police were called to a Willard Street apartment just after 9 a.m. about a man who had overdosed. Minutes later, a second call came in of another man who had overdosed in a nearby apartment on the other side of the street.

The first caller was the 12-year-old girl, who gave CPR to the man until responders arrived. The girl’s mother was in the apartment at the time, but it wasn’t immediately clear why she was unable to render aid, Lt. Andrew Daugherty said.

Both men were revived with naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of heroin and other opioids, and they were taken to a hospital, Daugherty said. Investigators are working to determine whether the two overdoses were related, and detectives planned to interview both men to learn who sold them the drugs.

At the Hope Center in Lexington, the University of Kentucky's Dr. Daniel Wermeling explained how to nasally administer a drug used to reverse an opiate overdose.

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