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Posted on: November 15, 2016

[ARCHIVED] WARNING: Deadly Heroin in Montpelier

Anthony J. Facos
Chief of Police

PRESS RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Chief Anthony J. Facos
(802) 223-3445

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2016
WARNING: Deadly Heroin in Montpelier

The Montpelier Police and Fire Departments have responded to two suspected heroin overdoses in the City within the last 14 hours. One of the patients survived after medical intervention while another individual was found dead in his apartment. MPD is still on the scene of one of the suspected overdose and is conducting a death investigation.

At this time, MPD does not know whether or not fentanyl is linked to these recent overdoses. Suspected heroin bags that have been recovered at the two different overdose locations and they were common off- white (heroin) bags that did not have any markings or stamp. MPD has notified Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services and area law enforcement regarding the recent overdoses so that medical and treatment providers are aware of the current situation.

Neither VSP Middlesex nor the Barre City PD has received any reports of overdoses in the last 24 hours.

MPD would like to remind citizens in Washington County that if they need help with their addiction, they can contact their local police agency, anytime day or night and they can get help through PROJECT SAFE CATCH. Individuals can also contact Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services at (802) 223-4156.

Anyone with information regarding the selling/dispensing of heroin or other dangerous drugs is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency.

*Lastly, due to the potential of either highly potent heroin or heroin mixed with fentanyl, it is important to understand that standard single applications of Naloxone or Narcan were ineffective with some recent overdose reversals.

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