Two die from heroin overdoses
© Culpeper TimesIn the past week at least two people have died from what police attribute to heroin overdose. At least seven others have been sickened in the region.
Heroin overdoses have been reported in the Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County, Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg. Spotsylvania reported four, the Town of Culpeper and Culpeper County two each and one overdose in Fredericksburg.
“These heroin overdoses send a message to those who buy illegal drugs that they have no idea what was used to cut the drugs or the potency of what they are buying,” said Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins. “This is a serious public health issue.”
In two of this week’s incidents, law enforcement officers responding to the drug overdoses had to administer CPR to bring the person back to life.
“We had one last night in Spotsylvania County,” said Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Pearce. “The woman would have died, if the deputy didn’t perform CPR.”
The woman had no pulse and was cyanotic when deputies arrived, said Pearce. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Wednesday, Fredericksburg police faced much the same situation, with a police officer performing chest compressions and CPR on an unresponsive 23-year-old man, also a heroin overdose.
Tuesday, a 26-year-old Spotsylvania County man died from what is believed to have been a heroin overdose. And on Wednesday, a 34-year-old Culpeper County man overdosed on heroin. He died a day later at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
“A lost life to drug addiction is a tragic reminder of the need to rid our county of those selling illegal substances,” said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins. “Detectives will investigate the origin of these lethal drugs to find the persons responsible.”
A 21-year-old Rappahannock County woman overdosed on heroin while in Culpeper County on Thursday.
In the Town of Culpeper, both overdoses occurred on Wednesday. A 30-year-old Culpeper man was found unresponsive at a friend’s house in town. A 36-year-old Culpeper man also overdosed in town. Both men were transported to Culpeper Regional Hospital for treatment.
In almost all nine recent cases, the heroin was injected.
Members of the joint sheriff and police Culpeper Street Crimes Unit and DEA are working to determine the origin of these lethal drugs. Culpeper police Lt. Tim Chilton asked anyone with information about heroin trafficking in Culpeper to contact him by calling the Culpeper County Public Safety Communication Center at 540-727-7900.
“We are actively working heroin cases,” said Lt. Chilton. “Age knows no boundaries when it comes to heroin use.”
Narcotics detectives in Spotsylvania County are investigating the heroin overdoses.
“The unintended consequences of a good time through illegal drug use could result in death or serious injury,” said Chief Jenkins.