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Metro Area Ambulance personnel responded after 3 p.m. Saturday to the Bismarck Public Library, where they used Narcan to revive a woman found unresponsive in a restroom.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said police and the ambulance responded when library staff found the 36-year-old homeless woman unconscious within a stall, with no drug-related items around her.

She regained consciousness upon receiving Narcan, was taken to an emergency room and later released.

Police spoke with another woman who said she was her friend and was there to give her a ride. Surveillance footage reportedly showed the women entering the restroom and then exiting and returning "numerous times" for about half an hour, Buschena said.

The second woman was reportedly recorded leaving the bathroom at the time of the call of service, carrying a purse the unresponsive woman was previously seen holding.

Buschena said both women were provided information about substance abuse and treatment. They were also both issued trespass orders.

"In other words, if they come back to the library, they'll be arrested," Buschena said.

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