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Suspect Found Nodding Off in Driver Seat Arrested and Charged in Delaware

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In Dover, Delaware, two individuals were arrested for various drug-related charges. Even more concerning was the half-conscious state presented by one of the suspects, who was sitting behind the wheel of a running car. Nodding off while driving puts not only the driver at risk but the passenger, pedestrians, and other drivers as well. Banyan Treatment Centers Delaware takes a look at what happened, the dangers of nodding off, and why injecting an illicit drug is never a good idea.

Delaware State Police Make Two Arrests in Dover

On Saturday, August 26, Delaware state troopers approached a blue Dodge Caravan that was left running around 8:30 in the morning. Even more shocking was the presence of two individuals inside the vehicle, one who was “not fully conscious.” The 35-year-old woman, whose name we have omitted for privacy reasons, we found to be nodding off while behind the wheels of the vehicle. She was hunched over with a needle still in her arm and crack cocaine on the seat.1

The passengers exited the vehicle, where authorities isolated a variety of substances and illicit paraphernalia from the drug bust, including:

  • 45 prescription pills
  • Over 33 grams of cocaine
  • Roughly 7 grams of meth
  • About 3 grams of crack cocaine
  • 3 heroin-filled wax bags
  • A stolen handgun
  • Handgun rounds

The driver, who had 4 active warrants out for her arrest at the time of the stop, was charged with receiving a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, DUI, and drug possession. The passenger was charged with possession of illicit substances, drug paraphernalia, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.1

What Drugs Make You Nod Off?

The substances that are typically associated with this half-conscious state are heroin, fentanyl, and other commonly abused opioids. This can be attributed to the physical mechanism of action experienced by users. When a substance like heroin enters the brain, it will result in an intense rush of euphoria, typically followed by a trance-like state that sees them shifting in and out of consciousness. Although the suspect in question was found with crack cocaine, a substance typically used for its stimulating and energetic effects, it is possible that there could have been other drugs in her system that led to her drifting in and out of consciousness. Other substances that can lead to nodding off in users include benzodiazepines, antihistamines, alcohol, and muscle relaxants.

The Pervasive Dangers of Injecting Drugs

There are numerous risks associated with injecting drugs, some of which can have serious and even fatal repercussions for both individuals and society. The possibility of infection is one of the most pressing dangers. Transmission of bloodborne illnesses like HIV and hepatitis C is dramatically increased when people share needles or use unsterilized equipment. These infections may have a negative effect on long-term health and may help these diseases spread among communities. In addition, problems like abscesses, tissue damage, and infections at injection sites might result from the act of injecting itself. Such physical dangers have the potential to exacerbate pre-existing health conditions and start a downward spiral in well-being.

In addition to the physical dangers, injecting narcotics has significant social and psychological repercussions. As people may put their drug usage ahead of their relationships and duties, it frequently goes hand in hand with isolation. Relationship problems, job loss, and a sense of alienation from mainstream culture might result from this. In order to support their addictions, those who seek out injectable narcotics may resort to risky, dangerous, and illegal activities to fuel their addiction.

Additionally, the unpredictability of injectable substances and their various potencies might raise the risk of overdosing, which is life-threatening. A comprehensive strategy is required to address these pervasive concerns, including harm reduction programs, access to addiction treatment, and educational campaigns to increase public knowledge of the dangers.

Healing Is Possible at Our Delaware Rehab Center

If you or a loved one is currently addicted to drugs or alcohol, our Delaware drug rehab in Milford is here to help. Patients are encouraged to immerse themselves in the recovery experience with a variety of addiction treatment programs at our disposal. Those in the midst of active addiction may also wish to consider withdrawal management at our detox in Delaware.

Call us today at 888-280-4763 to learn which treatment program is the best fit for you or your loved one.


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