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Palmerton woman overdoses, revived by police

Published August 22. 2018 12:18PM

Lorene Rice, 42, of Palmerton, is facing drug possession charges after she overdosed and needed to be revived by state police at the Lehighton barracks after an incident at 9:17 a.m. Aug. 6 in Bowmanstown.

Police said after she was treated at the hospital, she was transported to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, where she was committed in lieu of bail.

Police said they responded to the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Bowmanstown for a reported disturbance and upon arrival took Rice into custody for drug possession.

When police arrived with her back at the barracks, the woman overdosed in the back seat of the patrol car and needed to be revived by police with the use of Narcan.

The victim in the case is a 74-year-old Palmerton man, police said.

If drug addiction is a disease according to the inbred locals, wouldn't posting this womans' medical information be a HIPAA violation?
No, Law enforcement agencies do not have to comply with HIPAA because the law does not apply to them as a so-called “covered entity”—that is, a health care provider, a health plan, a health care clearinghouse, or a Medicare prescription drug sponsor. They did not give away any health related information other than she was treated at the hospital...which, if they transported her there, they know she was dropped off at the hospital. Now, what treatment she received is not made public. So, no HIPPA violation here.
And first responders have no right telling the public they administered Narcan in the back seat of their patrol car. The only communication that is not protected is the unencrypted communication over the airwaves. This is medical information and if it isn't covered by HIPAA, bet your sweet @ss it's covered in Open Records laws. Donut eaters and their boot lickers can argue all they want. Publicly shaming people like this is cruel and it is punishment before being found guilty of a crime. The police are not the judge, jury or executioners.
Oh Krystal Method, I can assure you I am NOT a fat pig cop. You simply asked a question and I did my best to educate you and answer it. No need to get ugly about it.

To answer the question, the administration of Narcan to an overdosing person by a firefighter or law enforcement officer is not protected by HIPAA.
For more information on HIPAA visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. Read for yourself...

Perhaps you should get out from behind the keyboard and do some good in the world. We all need more of that!!
My apologies. I wish I knew where to start doing good other than being a keyboard warrior. I could stand with the junkies on First St every Tuesday with a sign before we all go get our next fix I suppose. I'm drinking wine today I gave up on drugs for now.

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