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Columbus Area Battles High Number Of Overdoses This Past Weekend

Update: Wednesday, September 21

Officers in Columbus responded to two more heroin overdoses Tuesday afternoon. This comes after law enforcement in Bartholomew county revived seven people with naloxone this past weekend. The overdoses were due to heroin.

Original Story: Officers in the city of Columbus and Bartholomew County sent an alert over social media this past weekend responding to nine total drug overdoses. One of those was a result of methamphetamine and another for LSD. The rest were heroin overdoses.

Officers administered naloxone upon arrival. It took multiple doses to revive some of those receiving the overdose antidote. That's why Columbus Police Department Spokesperson Lt. Matt Harris says narcotics investigators believe the heroin was cut with other drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than regular heroin.

"Their lips were blue. They were not breathing. Their skin color was a greyish tone. We're talking about them not being minutes away from death, but literally seconds away from death," Harris says.

Jennings County Detective Jeffrey Jones says investigators are currently working to pinpoint the source of the drugs and the investigation is ongoing.

"We're currently working with the DEA as far as that goes," Jones says. "They've reached out to us and offered all of their resources to us."

Harris says the high number of overdoses is certainly a concern for the community. He says they were fortunate to revive the seven who overdosed in these cases, but that won't always be the outcome.

"What we don't want people to get is a false sense of security with the Narcan," Harris says. "We want families to know and also the persons using these substances to know that it's not to be messed around with - that we're literally talking life and death.

The overdoses in Columbus come after a string of nearly 20 heroin overdoses were reported in Jennings and adjacent counties in August. Officials believe the drug came from the Cincinnati area.

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