Man in overdose photo thanks God he's alive, apologizes to family

Desiree Burns
August 10, 2018

A Woonsocket, R.I. man is facing a criminal neglect charge for allegedly overdosing on oxycontin last week in his vehicle while a 1-year-old child was in the back seat, police said.

It shows Krajczynski unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle with his seatbelt wrapped around his arm.

After police officers and paramedics administered four doses of the anti-opiate overdose drug Narcan, police say Krajczynski regained consciousness and was rushed to Landmark Medical Center to be evaluated.

It's not the first time a parent has been accused of overdosing on an opioid while a child is in the auto.

Police responded to a call of a possible overdose near Victory Highway and North Main Street Friday night.

Cops booked Krajczynski on a charge of cruelty to or neglect of a child and released him with an August 30 date for formal arraignment, officials said.

A Rhode Island man took two white pills, police say, and quickly learned that was a "bad decision".

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"My wife and kids don't deserve anything like that. I'm distraught you know, things of that nature, this isn't a thing for me it's not the norm to say the least".

After he came-to in hospital, Krajczynski told cops he took two white pills he believed to be Oxycontins - an opioid-class painkiller he wanted to use for shoulder soreness.

"We're assuming there was a high dose of fentanyl", Lafferty said.

While jarring, Capt. Tim Lafferty told Eyewitness News there's a reason they shared the image.

The following day, police say, Krajczynski spoke to officers about what happened.

Police say Krajczynski would not be facing charges if his baby had not been in the back seat because he was not driving at the time, and there were no other drugs in the vehicle. The boy was released into his mother's custody.

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