OREM, Utah (AP) -- A 40-year-old Orem man suffering from an overdose stopped breathing.
Police say the first thing he did after being brought back from the brink of death was run to a toilet to get rid of his heroin.
Police Lieutenant Doug Edwards says that officers and paramedics responded to a call at the home just after midnight Monday to assist the 40-year-old man, who had suffered an overdose.
Police and an adult at the residence performed rescue breathing on the victim until paramedics arrived, and the man was successfully revived.
Edwards said that when the man came to, he told the paramedics he was fine and didn't want to go to the hospital.
He was told he was going to the hospital anyway.
At that point the man jumped up, ran into the bathroom and attempted to flush the evidence down the toilet, but an officer was able to seize the balloons of heroin.
Edwards said that when the man got to the hospital, he had a change of heart and realized he had almost killed himself.
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