Car crashes into woods behind Church of the Nazarene in Wareham

May 24, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Wareham firefighters on the scene of a car crash behind the Church of the Nazarene on Thursday afternoon.

A pickup truck crashed into a wooded area behind the Church of the Nazarene, 6 Rogers Ave., just before noon on Thursday.

According to emergency broadcasts, the driver was found unresponsive behind the wheel. Broadcasts stated the driver was administered Narcan, a drug used to revive overdose victims, but did not wake up. The driver was taken to Tobey Hospital by Wareham EMS for treatment. The victim’s current condition and the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

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Comments (17)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 24, 2018 20:47

When is enough going to be enough?  The opioid epidemic is sad...I get it.  But see that truck, it would have been a lot sadder if it crashed into a bunch of playing children.


He gets to do his drugs, overdose, crash, get some free narcan, get a free ambulance ride, and get a free hospital visit.  He gets to do it again and again.  Imagine that.  The police should be at the hospital to arrest him as soon as he opens his eyes.  He should be charged with everything possible to make sure he goes to jail for as long as possible.


Opioids have affected my friends and family.  Some are dead because of it. Some have managed to recover.  So I get it.  I'd say the exact same thing if one of them was driving that truck.  The addiction or disease as some claim is no excuse to put innocent people in harm's way by driving.  So lucky this guy crashed into trees.

Posted by: Bluebell3333 | May 25, 2018 05:57

You say you get it but obviously you do not.

Only when one of your family members is in that 'free ambulance ride' or when you are standing on front of your family members casket will you truly get it.

Posted by: Bluebell3333 | May 25, 2018 05:57

You say you get it but obviously you do not.

Only when one of your family members is in that 'free ambulance ride' or when you are standing on front of your family members casket will you truly get it.

Posted by: rmcnai1 | May 25, 2018 06:27

By the Sea, Absolutely gets it! Stop enabling drug addicts, they make a choice not to get help. They need to be held accountable for there actions like everyone else. Get them treatment or put them in jail their choice and your choice. It’s for their own good and for public safety!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 25, 2018 07:19

No different that driving drunk. Are all these folks that wreck getting license suspensions? Are they exempt because opioids are the thing nowadays?

Posted by: cranky pants | May 25, 2018 07:27

Another suicide attempt brushed off like it was an accident... Luckily this didn't turn out with the truck crashing into innocent bystanders. Zombies.

Quit calling it an overdose. That's a foolish play on words for an opioid related incident. There's no safe dosage to take, period. So why call it an over dose when there isn't a safe dose level ?

By now everyone knows the outcome of toying with this junk so quit candy coating it. Why is it if I go and cut my wrists or try to hang myself, I get committed to a mental hospital for an evaluation yet if I did this overdose dance I'll get a free ride and then released only to overdose again ten hours later ?


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 25, 2018 07:48

Bluebell- did you read my last paragraph?  I get it.   My comment is more focused on driving under the influence of it and putting innocent in harm's way because of it.

Posted by: Asia7878 | May 25, 2018 08:29

I have to point out that even though they gave him Narcan - there is nothing in the article to show that he in fact overdosed.  Administiring Narcan is something they would do if they even suspect that this may be a factor.  the article only states he was found unresponsive and by the way did not respond to Narcan.  So the evidence is greater that it was not drug related and more likely to be cardiac, low blood sugar if diabetic, seizure, and a number of other things.  So before you all go on a tirade, and crucify this person, lets see what the facts are.  This person could have a chronic or acute medical condition and this could just be a tragic accident.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 25, 2018 09:32

Asia- you have a good point.  I thought of that.  However, there is medical protocol to administering narcan.  They evaluate. They don't give it to every unconscious person they get.

Posted by: Rosebud | May 25, 2018 12:23

As Cranky suggested, maybe we should be treating drug and alcohol addiction/overdose as an urgent medical condition like that of attempted suicide.  If one survives an overdose, the court could order that person hospitalized through withdrawal.  A huge undertaking and cost, but not much else has worked so far.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 25, 2018 14:36

It just doesn't make sense to me and here's my example. I'm highly allergic to bees. If I get stung I need a dose from the EpiPen and it's an ambulance ride for me. That's a $550 dollar shot and the $1250 dollar ambulance ride that I'm on the hook for. No haggling, no deals... That's what I pay and I have a legitimate medical condition.

Let's just spin that a bit and say that I took more than safe level of opioid and "overdose".


Free ride, free Narcan, and free to roam the streets four hours later. If I'm lucky, the same crew will be on duty in 8 hours when I take way more heroin than the safe level and overdose again.

You tell me what's right about any of it.


Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 25, 2018 15:46

Cranky - I appreciate your frustration, but what alternatives are you suggesting? Increase available rehab drug bed space and then create legislation that turns an overdose into an automatic commitment to a drug rehab facility for a specified period of time? What do you do until the legislation passes and/or the rehab bed space becomes available? Bill those who overdose for the Narcan used to reverse the overdose, and if they don't pay the bill or overdose again before they do pay the bill, withhold the life saving Narcan?


Before anyone misunderstands my above questions, they are directed to Cranky based upon his comment immediately above mine and with the hope that he will suggest some routes to viable solutions.


Personally I think more space is needed in drug rehab facilities. But I also understand that forced rehab participation often fails, and that the most likely to succeed in rehab are those who are able to look beyond their immediate suffering and set a personal goal of rehabilitation. And, yes I do think that everyone who is in need of treatment with Narcan should receive Narcan treatment.

Posted by: Uptohere | May 26, 2018 13:04

Narcan should be limited to 1 time use per person. It has proven to be an enabler and NOT a help.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2018 15:44

Such a complicated and emotional topic.  Although there is some validity, there is no way to limit it to one use.  It's impossible to keep track of.  Unless they treat people like mischievous bears and put a tag in their ear after their first Narcan, there is no way.  They're not going to  run SS number while someone lies dying.  Without positive ID it can't work.  The potential for errors and confusion on identity is too great.

Posted by: Uptohere | May 26, 2018 16:12

II have no doubt that the fires responders know who repeat offenders are. And I have know problem chipping them.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2018 16:26

Uptohere- my frustrated side is with you.  But it's a tough one.  What if someone gets Narcan tonight in New Bedford and needs it again in Wareham tomorrow.  The Wareham crew won't know about New Bedford and they'll get another. They live.  Now what happens if someone needs it tonight in Wareham and again tomorrow in Wareham and the crew recognizes them so they don't get another.   They die.  Its too subjective. That's an ethical dilemma that I  cannot support.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2018 16:51

Now don't take me wrong.  They should pay for the Narcan.  They should pay for the ambulance.  They should pay for all the treatment.  That should be prosecuted for illegal drugs.


Just like Cranky and his bees.  Why he pays yet the illegal drug user doesn't have to is beyond me.  If they can't pay because drug users are not known for wealth and financial stability, they should be billed and garnished forever.

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