WATCH: NJ police revive heroin overdose victim in dramatic video
Youtube video posted by "ILuvEveryone AllLivesMatter"
The familiar scenario has played out numerous times in recent years, only this time it was caught on video: police administered Narcan to revive a pale, breathless victim of New Jersey's ongoing heroin epidemic.
The dramatic 9-minute video, uploaded to YouTube by a user identified as Idrise Maxey-Carmichael, depicts a disturbing incident involving a victim being given CPR by a stranger as she lies on the side of the road, a family member frantically trying to help her.
Paulsboro Police arrive and give the unconscious young woman a dose of Narcan. Within minutes, she regains color in her face and begins breathing shallowly before paramedics and EMTs arrive to transport her to a hospital.
According to NJ Advance Media the video was recorded Sunday on Crown Point Road in West Deptford. The victim in the video - which already has more than 36,000 views - was identified as Kelmae Demore, the article states.
The posting of the video, as well as it being shared on social media, resulted in a heated debate among people commenting on YouTube regarding the sensitivity of the video.
"They didn't have to put the poor girls business all over YouTube and Facebook," one person wrote.
"For the people getting mad calling this disrespectful have you ever thought that maybe she needs to see herself die before she opens her eyes and gets clean," another person commented.
"As much as this seems intrusive and disrespectful I think this is something that should be shown in schools! This is the reality of popping pills and doing heroin," someone else said below the video.
One of the commenters identified herself as the mother of the victim.
"I am her mother I am not blind to the fact that my child is an addict. She may be grown but she is my child. So imagine having to watch about ten minutes of my flesh and blood laying in the street dead for the world to see. People r acting like she is the worst person in the world. She has a problem. I am not making excuses for her, but walk a day in her shoes," Kelly Hemphill wrote. "It's not as easy as u think to get into rehab. Don't u think as her mother I want to take my child and hold her and make it all go away. The pain and the addiction. It's my blood that runs thru her veins. It's my heart that made her heart beat for the first time. And it's my heart that stop for about ten minutes that day."
NJ Advance Media states that the woman in the video passed out while heading home from Camden in a car with her brother. He pulled her from the vehicle and attempted CPR until a bystander assisted and another reported the incident to Paulsboro police.
West Deptford Police Chief Sam DiSimone told NJ Advance Media that while he doesn't condone the fact that the video was posted on social media, he believes it to be a "powerful visual of an overdose could help deter someone from using drugs."
The article states that the officers conducted a wellness check on Demore, who is "fine" and recovering from the overdose. In a Facebook post Monday night, Demore acknowledged that the YouTube video had been circulating on social media and said her concern was that her 8-year-old daughter might be hurt if she saw it.
According to the NJ Medical Examiner's Office, as New Jersey’s ongoing heroin and prescription drug epidemic continues, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the Garden state. The ME's office reports in 2014 there were 1,305 drug-related deaths.
On Monday, Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutors Offices told NJ 101.5 that the problem is, once people get high on heroin it takes over their lives, and “they just continue on that path, taking dose after dose until they just pass out and never recover, unless there’s someone nearby to spray them with Narcan.”
Angelo Valente, the executive director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey also pointed out that drug addiction doesn't discriminate.
“No matter what your zip code is, no matter whether you live in a suburban urban or rural setting in New Jersey, the issue of prescription drug abuse and the connection between that and heroin abuse is an issue that all families have to be speaking to their children about," he told NJ 101.5 earlier this week.
Commenting below the disturbing YouTube video of her daughter, Hemphill's sentiments were similar.
"Drug addiction hits the best of us," she wrote. "If u think it can't possibly happen to ur family think again."
Toniann Antonelli is the digital managing editor for news at NJ 101.5. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.