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Posted on: July 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff issues alert after spike in overdoses


July 27, 2022 

For Immediate Release:  Sheriff Issues Overdose Spike Alert 

According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has responded to multiple suspected drug overdose incidents over the last 24 hours. The incidents include at least one fatal and multiple non-fatal overdoses that may be associated with fentanyl laced drugs.

Fentanyl is commonly mixed with heroin and cocaine, and greatly increases the potency of the product being used. Response efforts to these suspected overdose incidents identified preliminary investigative results indicating that the cause of the overdoses was possibly related to products laced with fentanyl. One of the overdose incidents included the recovery of some mixed product described as a light purple color. 

Our agency members continue to administer Naloxone as trained, however attempts to reverse the effects of opioids does not work as well on mixed products or products with increased potency. The Sheriff’s Office is urging family, friends and support groups of those in a high-risk category for overdoses to be made aware of the possibility of the fentanyl laced mixtures in the area. If you suspect someone has overdosed, please call 911 and administer naloxone, if available. 

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to issue updates as any new information becomes available. 

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