This year we’ve heard a lot about heroin overdoses, even several deaths from shooting the drug.
Initially, it seemed like the worst cut of heroin was being sold in New London and other towns further east than Amity and the valley regions. But it seems that no one is safe.
Yesterday the Derby Police released the following statement as a public service announcement:
The Derby Police Department responded to two sudden deaths caused from suspected heroin overdoses in the past 24 hours. During that timeframe, the Shelton Police Department also responded to two medical emergencies suspected to be heroin related.
Police are warning the public about this sudden increase in overdoses and fatalities associated with heroin use.
The Derby and Shelton Police Departments, along with other law enforcement agencies, are working together to identify the source(s) of the heroin and proactively thwart any future incidents.
Here in town, Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said Orange Police are paying attention to the ongoing problem.
“We do not have a lot of opioid overdoses in Orange,” he said. “I can’t remember the last time we had a drug overdose case in town.”
Orange has an officer connected to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and they are working on determining if the recent incidents were from a bad batch of heroin or if these cases are because inexperienced users are taking too large of a dose.
Cuozzo said most people who use heroin inject it and it’s easy to overdose when you inject it directly into the blood stream. He added that the heroin we’re hearing about now is more robust than what was available before.
So what is Orange doing to protect it’s citizens?
Cuozzo said the OPD was considering stocking its patrol cars with Narcan (Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection) — Orange Police are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) — but since AMR has a paramedic stationed in town who can respond very quickly, they decided it wasn’t necessary at this time.
The Orange Police Department is staying on top of the situation in surrounding communities and is prepared to deal with any incidents that may crop up in town in the future.