Pet Raccoon Overdoses on Illegal Drugs

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

“I’m sitting at one of the firehouses. No pet raccoons are overdosing here.”

What does one do with a stoned raccoon? Take it to the local fire station, of course. 

Firefighters are no strangers to emergencies, especially those involving overdosing on illegal drugs. But, one overdose victim created quite a stir at an Indianapolis fire station earlier this month.

A distressed woman brought in her pet raccoon that she said was stoned off too much weed. 

The raccoon, according to Wayne Township Fire Dept. PIO Capt. Michael Pruitt, had been exposed to "too much" of someone else’s marijuana, and its owners were worried it was overdosing. Not knowing what to do, they brought it to Station 82.

“The raccoon was very lethargic,” Pruitt told RTV6 “She started explaining what had happened. There wasn’t really much we could do, it was just the sort of thing that was going to take time.”

Recordings of Southwest District's radio chatter show officers were a bit confused over what substance the raccoon had gotten high off of. 

“Apparently they have a pet raccoon that got into their meth,” an unidentified officer is logged saying at 3:57 a.m.

A minute later, dispatchers try to clarify.

“Sir, Speedway doesn’t have anything, but fire did call across the hall and say that it was a raccoon that overdosed on somebody’s heroin.”

Thirty seconds later, a second Southwest District officer radios in that he is sitting at a firehouse – and sees no sign of a raccoon in distress:

Ofc. 1: “I’m sitting at one of the firehouses. No pet raccoons are overdosing here.”

Ofc. 2: “Well if they show up, you Narcan him.”

Ofc. 1: “Way too weird. I’m leaving.

Ofc. 2: “10-4.”

Pruitt said, the raccoon’s owners took the animal home to sleep off its high.

Have you ever heard of an animal overdosing on drugs? 

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