NEWS24/680 readers who were present at the time expressed their shock and concern Sunday after a 17-year-old teen was discovered in the bathroom at the Theater Square Starbucks – unconscious and with a heroin needle still in his arm.
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel confirmed an account of the incident posted on our Facebook page Sunday, and said officers were called to Starbucks in response to a medical emergency there at 12:37 p.m.
“The patrons at Starbucks said someone was in the bathroom for a long time and he was eventually found with a needle in his arm,” Nagel said. “That’s how he was found before we got there…”
The unidentified teen was from San Francisco, according to police, and was injecting heroin when he succumbed to the effects of the drug and fell unconscious. He was revived by medical personnel.
Chief Nagel said the incident is the latest in a series of recent incidents in which his officers have encountered or arrested young people – all of them from San Francisco, according to the chief – who have apparently come to Orinda looking to fund their habit.
Most of the young users have been found with needle kits and have shown obvious signs of drug use, Nagel said. Some have had the drug on them, some don’t, and are shoplifting from local stores in order to support their habits.