Heroin abuse is an everyday problem locally

With her 5-year-old son in tow, Chelsea Schick walked into a restroom at Wegmans, 201 William St., injected heroin and then walked back out to her car, where she passed out on the morning Dec. 8, city police said.

The 26-year-old Mifflinburg mother was taken by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and later discharged.

Schick now has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of the incident, police said.

The woman admitted to police that, before arriving at the supermarket, she purchased a $10 bag of heroin from a local dealer. She said her son was with her when she made the purchase, police said.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Schick was released on $2,500 bail.

In a separate drug case, another Mifflinburg resident, Michael A. Shirk, 25, and a friend, Madison M. Gummel, also 25, of New Columbia, have been charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia following an incident in the parking lot of the Blue Cross office building at 175 Pine St. on the afternoon of Feb. 19, city police said.

Responding to a report of “possible drug activity” in the parking lot, officers found Shirk standing next to the driver’s side of a parked car. Gummel was passed out in the passenger seat.

Shirk told the officer his car was “low on oil” and that Gummel was “just taking a nap,” according to an affidavit.

The officer did not believe the man because there was a hypodermic needle sticking in Gummel’s left arm, police said. Gummel did wake up, but he was sluggish and his “pupils were pinpoint,” an indication of possible drug use, an officer said.

“How much heroin have you used today,” the officer asked.

Gummel denied using heroin, and said he was on the prescription medicine, Suboxone, which is used to treat narcotic addiction.

“What about the needle sticking in your arm,” the officer asked him. Gummel gave no response.

A bag of heroin was discovered in the passenger seat where Gummel had been sitting, police said. Both he and Shirk were arraigned last week before Page and released on $2,500 bail each.

On some days, it seems that police throughout the region are handling one heroin overdose call after another.

Montoursville police were called to Wal-Mart on Loyalsock Avenue just before 3 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a man and woman “shooting up heroin” in a restroom, according to Deputy Police Chief Jason Bentley.

When Bentley arrived at the department store, the man had started to pass out near the entrance and a woman was trying to drag him from the store, Bentley said.

“I had to wrestle with both of them to prevent them from leaving,” he added.

While an ambulance took the man to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Bentley took the woman to police headquarters to get processed. While there, the woman began “feeling the effects of the drug” and a second ambulance was needed to take her to the hospital, Bentley said.

After the boyfriend-girlfriend recovered from the effects, they were discharged about 7 p.m. However, before they left the hospital, the two, both from Daughin County, walked into a rest room and used heroin a second time, Bentley said.

It was believed the woman had hidden heroin in her private parts, he added. He did not release the couple’s identities since they had not been officially charged. The man and woman were again discharged from the hospital and turned over to Williamsport police.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, city police and paramedics rushed to the 2100 block of West Fourth Street for yet another drug overdose. The victim recovered and was reportedly taken to the hospital.