Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service paramedics responded to the Mapco gas station at 3392 Memorial Boulevard earlier this month for a possible overdose.
When police arrived it was quickly learned that two people were found by gas station workers inside their vehicle parked at the pumps. One was slumped over in the driver seat while the other was unresponsive in the passenger seat.
Paramedics were unable to determine what the two had taken or what had occurred prior to their arrival. However, when police searched the van the two were in, they found multiple syringes and a metal spoon with a white residue on it, but no drugs.
No arrests were made, but one of the two received a misdemeanor citation for drug paraphernalia. The duo were both treated at the local hospital.
While the case could not nail down what had caused the suspected overdose, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports, "In 2017, there were 1,269 overdose deaths involving opioids in Tennessee--a rate of 19.3 deaths per 100,000 persons, which is higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons."
MPD Incident 19-0011029