Two women overdose in Niles

NILES — Two women are facing drug-related charges after police found drug paraphernalia in a home where they had overdosed early Thursday, according to a police report.

Alaina Infante, 32, of Warren, and Andrea Sunderland, 31, of Niles, were each issued a summons to be in Niles Municipal Court on Monday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia after they were found unconscious just after 1 a.m. in an apartment at 112 Maple St., the report states.

Police weren’t sure of the exact apartment where the overdose occurred, the report states, and residents at the first several apartments they knocked at were fine. When they came to Apartment 112, no one answered, the report states, and as they continued to knock, the door opened.

Infante was lying face down on the living room floor, the report states, and Sunderland was in the kitchen showing signs of an overdose. Homeowner Dwight Barnett was asleep in a bedroom, the report states.

Paramedics gave the women multiple doses of Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. When they regained consciousness they were taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital, the report states.

While police were looking for identification for the women, they found a book bag with two glass crack pipes, the report states, and another two glass crack pipes in Infante’s front pocket. Police woke Barnett, who told them the book bag belongs to Sunderland, the report states.

Jail records show Infante was booked into the Trumbull County jail on a drug paraphernalia charge four days before the Thursday overdose.

Police Chief Jay Holland said it’s rare to encounter two people overdosing at the same time, although it has happened before. Holland said Ohio law provides immunity from misdemeanor or fifth-degree felony drug possession charges for those who overdose, but not paraphernalia, OVI or child endangering charges in connection to a drug overdose.

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