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Woman charged with endangering welfare of child

Published July 10. 2018 12:43PM

A Palmerton woman is in jail after passing out from opioid use while in the presence of her young child.

Cheyenne Parr, 21, faces charges on one count each of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Sgt. Christopher Ritter of the Palmerton Borough Police Department:

At 2:58 p.m. July 3, Palmerton police units were dispatched along with Emergency Medical Services to a drug overdose at an apartment in the borough.

Upon arrival, officers found Parr sitting on the bathroom floor unresponsive and barely breathing.

Her skin had a pale, waxy tone and her breaths were labored and guttural, signs Ritter recognized from his training and numerous prior incidents to be signs of an opioid overdose.

Ritter also recalled Parr overdosing on at least two other occasions that he had responded to, and he had administered Narcan to her in one instance.

Parr regained consciousness and was soon able to walk out to the ambulance for transport to Palmerton Hospital.

Police then spoke with Parr’s roommates, who explained that Parr has been in a back bedroom for at least an hour, watching television with her 3-year-old daughter.

Parr came out of the bedroom in a panic, unable to catch her breath, and they guided her into the bathroom, where she lost consciousness. They then called 911.

Officers checked the bedroom that Parr had come from, and found the child lying on the floor with a pillow under her head, propped against the bed.

After removing the child from the room, officers found a syringe which contained a small amount of liquid under the pillow.

On the floor within arm’s reach of the child, was an open-top woman’s handbag, which contained three more syringes, three spoons with sooty residue, a glass pipe with sooty residue, and numerous wax baggies with powdery residue, all items commonly used to store, prepare and ingest heroin and other controlled substances.

Parr is currently lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.

Parr is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

This is a sad story. I feel for that three year old. Now if we would build that wall, this crap wouldn't be so readily available. I pray this mom gets her life in order.
@Mike Meyers. Building a wall is not going to prevent drugs from being readily available. Consider the source. Palmerton and other areas of carbon county are famous for their meth labs and heroin labs. A few years ago, a young woman whom now has passed due to this addiction was busted driving around a mobile meth lab! The drugs aren’t coming from outside the United States, the problem lies within the United States. But of course your closed minded, conservative brain automatically would point the blame to other countries and use this as an advantage to endorse your support for #45.

On a side note, this story is sad however we have heard it all before. If we do not focus more on cleaning up the streets, more and more young people will eventually die from all these drugs. Sounds like the police and local government need to sit down and figure out a good course of action to end these small cartels.
When name calling begins, the debate is lost. 93% of the world’s opium supply comes from Afghanistan, and in the U.S. comes over the southern border. Mexican drug cartels fill the Meth void in the U.S. drug market when Feds crack down on American-made methamphetamine. The sad part of all this, is the folks who cling to the Democrat Party, the Party that embraces social experiments which ultimately lead to discontent. Example... Gambling, Sexual Perversions, and many other concepts which bring attack on conventional family values. I'm not blaming other countries here sir, I'm addressing a Domestic Enemy... I strongly believe God, who has been kicked out by the liberal left, has the answer, and that answer is Jesus.
Peace Carbon, and God Bless
When you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. I stand with Jesus
We have our own meth labs in Carbon county. I know this for a fact. Some have been hushed not put in the paper at all. So no these drugs don't come across our border they are made right here in our own back yard. Carbon County is bad for drugs. How do I know this my daughter is an addict. Od'ed in January won't get help. Our system sucks here. There is nothing to help them. Addiction is a disease. It's a choice they make first off then can't control. Our police department is corrupt. Our courts are broken. This county is the worst for the epidemic. There is a methadone clinic coming right here in our town. How many know about this? It is probably open as we speak. People are so hushed up about this they want to brush it all under the rug. I have custody of grand kids and there is no help for me. I feel for that child. I know the long term affect it will have on her. Believe me. It needs to be fixed in our County.
Addiction is not a disease. Your daughter did make the choice to use. Your daughter made the choice knowing what would happen. For as long as I can remember, it was drilled into our heads that drugs are bad. Yet people continue to make the choice to use drugs. While I feel for you and your family and any other family for that matter, addiction help should not be a resource to rely on when the addicts clearly knew what they were getting into from that first hit.
I didn't say drug users are bad people. What I said was, "For as long as I can remember, it was drilled into our heads that drugs are bad. Yet people continue to make the choice to use drugs." That is a fact! If you know something will happen and you still choose to do it, that is not a disease, that's ignorance. and stupidity. And yes I do have someone close to me that is still fighting her addictions. Its a sad story but could have been prevented.
FLIPPSYSUE, are you making an educated statement or voicing an opinion? Have you or someone you love been affected by the disease? People who are addicts do not wake up one day and decide to be bad people. I'll just leave this right here...

Science and psychology have found that people with substance use disorders are literally incapable of not showing the symptoms of their disease: compulsively craving and indulging the drugs and alcohol that led them to this stage of their struggle. As with most people, addicts walk the line between what they want and what it costs to have those things. While the moralistic point of view presents the addict’s needs as pleasure and satisfaction, the disease theory posits the addict’s needs as an escape from a life of anxiety, trauma, and depression – however the psychological void in their lives manifests itself.
There is something wrong with the addict, and between the options of a moralistic view and a disease view, the disease view is the best way to address and treat that problem. There is also well-established research that has identified complex biochemical processes under addiction. Addiction has its basis in neurophysiology, which swings the pendulum in favor of the disease model.

People who have substance use disorders have brains that make it difficult to resist the pull of addictive drugs and alcohol. Two decades’ worth of research has discovered a number of chemical and physical changes that take place in the brain, and its functioning, that render an addict effectively helpless to their compulsions.
The human brain naturally produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter, whenever a person performs an action that is associated with survival or breeding. Such actions, like eating and having sex, also give humans a sense of pleasure, a kind of evolutionary side effect to encourage us to keep doing things that keep us alive and keep the species going.

Healthy activities and indulgences will trigger this response, but so do unhealthy activities, and to a much greater and far more powerful degree. Someone snorting cocaine or injecting heroin into their veins will experience a flood of dopamine that is simply incomparable to anything else. The brain is forced to pump out greater amounts of dopamine than it should, even as it tries to regulate the neurotransmitter’s production. Over time (ranging from a single use to days or weeks, depending on dozens of factors), drugs or alcohol become the only way for the person to get that same rush of dopamine, that same rush of pleasure, that same sense that the only way to survive is by taking more cocaine, more heroin, or more alcohol.

Someone who has entered this stage of addiction will not be satisfied with incremental doses, but is compelled to actively seek out larger doses. Nothing will ever replicate the sensation of the first time, but the brain becomes so warped and hooked on the drugs that the chase continues.

This understanding of neuroscience has opened the door to further insights into how addiction, as a disease, works. It explains why people who have recovered from their addictions can still struggle with temptation or relapse: not because they are inherently bad people, but because the parts of the brain that are responsible for dopamine production have been primed to associate anything resembling past drug use with pleasure. Therapy and treatment can correct that balance, but never entirely. This is why a recovering alcoholic cannot go to a bar – not because of a character defect, but because the smells, sights, sounds, and environment of a bar (or other location where alcohol is easily available) will unwittingly trigger a dopamine response and the motivation to seek out more pleasure sources.

To that point, “addiction is not about willpower.” The abuse of drugs and alcohol causes changes to the brain’s functioning that lead to a person developing one, or more, of the four roots of addiction:
Tolerance: more and more amounts of the substance required to feel the same effect
Dependence: an inability to function without the drug
Dysphoria: excessive negative emotions, which can lead to relapse
Sensitization: greater responsiveness to a drug, which is what makes people more likely to relapse if they have gone for a period of time without using.

Just as MOST, not ALL diseases arise from the basis of personal choice. You make bad dietary choices and fail to get slapped with diagnoses of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. No one bats an eye. But let us just pump you with meds, insulin, statins and give you a gastric sleeve, we treat you not judge. And actually we congratulate people for their weight loss success after that! Ironic isn't it?? People smoke, consume high doses of alcohol or other carcinogenic substances you get diagnosed with the disease of cancer...we treat it with chemo, radiation, surgery. You don't wear sunscreen or if you frequent tanning beds you may get diagnosed with melanoma...we treat you...we don't judge. You want to be may end up with herpes, HPV, HIV...some of these may lead to cancer...we treat we don't judge. Many of the 'diseases' that we are faced with today are a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. And the people that are affected by the disease of addiction are loved by someone..mother, daughter, sister, brother, aunt. Be never know what war someone else is fighting. And perhaps less ignorance and more education and empathy.

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