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JetBlue passenger ODs on heroin, anxiety med, police say

Officials said Port Authority Police Officers Eric Stern,

Officials said Port Authority Police Officers Eric Stern, left, and Sean Pomerantz revived a Bethpage man after he overdosed on heroin and anxiety medication on a JetBlue flight bound for Florida at Kennedy Airport on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Credit: PAPD

A Bethpage man was taken to the hospital late Wednesday after he overdosed on heroin and anxiety medication on a plane at Kennedy Airport, police said.

The 24-year-old, whose identity was not released, had to be revived with a dose of Narcan administered by responding Port Authority officers, police said.

The Port Authority said the incident occurred about 10:50 p.m. on a JetBlue flight bound for Florida. That flight had returned to the gate, authorities said, after the crew reported a passenger in need of medical attention.

Authorities said that responding Port Authority Police Officers Eric Stern and Sean Pomerantz found the passenger “in distress” and “foaming from his mouth.” The officers also reported the man was “slipping in and out of consciousness” — and that he was “confused, had constricted pupils, slurred speech and labored shallow respiration.”

The officers determined he was “under the influence of heroin and anxiety medication” and administered a dose of Narcan, which stabilized the passenger so that he could be transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens.

The passenger was not arrested and his condition was not immediately known Thursday.

With Ellen Yan

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