Indiana has also been looking at the relationship between hospitalization and overdosing. There were nearly 6,000 hospitalizations from drug use in 2021, with more than 400 of those hospitalizations coming from Allen County. And more sobering nearly two-thirds of people who visited an ER in Indiana after overdosing: died from another overdose within a year.
Moellering says that he was almost one of those people after he overdosed twice within 24 hours of checking himself out of the ER after his first overdose. “I was at my girlfriend’s house when I overdosed and when I came to first responders were putting me into an ambulance.
When I got to the hospital, I decided to leave against medical advice and within 6 hours I had gotten more dope and was back at her house and had shut myself away in the bathroom where I overdosed again and EMS had to revive me for the second time in the same day. I wasn’t actively trying to kill myself but I just didn’t care anymore.”
Thankfully Moellering says that he crossed paths with officer Gerardot who convinced him to seek help. He received treatment and is in long-term sobriety. “For me, Nate is the poster child for not giving up when someone is struggling with an addiction,” says Gerardot.
“Don’t give up as an addict and don’t give up as a first responder. Somewhere inside is a good person and we have a duty as law enforcement to help these people.”