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Woman Overdoses on Heroin During Drug Test, Police Say

Waukesha woman was being medically cleared following her arrest in the Town of Brookfield.

A Waukesha woman, who was being medically cleared at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, overdosed on heroin while she was supposed to be providing a urine sample, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Niki J. Reichel, 27, was charged with disorderly conduct-domestic abuse on Monday. She faces up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

According to the complaint:

Officer from the Town of Brookfield Police Department arrested Reichel at a Waukesha gas station after a disturbance reportedly occurred in the Town of Brookfield in a vehicle at 2:38 a.m. Jan. 23. A man told police Reichel hit him in the head two times after they argued about her having a drug problem.

An officer arrested Reichel, who said she used Valium, and took her to the hospital for medical clearance because she appeared impaired.

At the hospital, Reichel went into the bathroom to provide a urine sample, but she didn’t come out of the bathroom. A nurse eventually got her to come out of the bathroom. She was unable to stay awake, her breathing slowed to five breaths a minute and her oxygen levels dropped to 78 percent.

Reichel was revived with the drug Narcan. She told the officer she used heroin earlier, not Valium. She also said she hid heroin in her bra and snorted it in the hospital bathroom.

Scott February 02, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Have you ever heard of the "Lynn Bias Law"? This law provide penalties and punishments for drug dealers that have customers die from their purchase.
Sheepshead February 04, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Lynn Bias? Did he almost play for the Celtics alongside Harry Bird and Roger Parrish?
Born Free February 10, 2013 at 07:48 AM
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Addictions like suicide are self inflicted. Wisdom comes from experience, experience comes from a lack of wisdom.
Bell Anderson March 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Every person taking their first drink does so under the assumption they will not become addicted. Some are right, some are not. Those who do not become addicted are just lucky they weren't vulnerable, that is to say, they were lucky their brain did not react in an abnormal way so as to make the alcohol (or drug) as important as food and water. Go a couple of days without water and you will understand the compulsion craving addicts face. And, by the way, there is no disability for addiction since the late 1980's.
Sue Cotton March 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Shame on you Mr. Cranton. This has so much more to it then SSDI. Get informed! Do you feel the same for the old and elderly or people with other diseases ( like AIDS ) and so many more.....who serve no purpose to society or " Your needs" ?

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