Mar 16, 2016 9:48 PM
Lebanon Residents on Alert After Two Opiod Overdoses in One Morning
LEBANON-After two overdoses only hours apart in the town of Lebanon Wednesday morning, police issued a warning asking the public to be on alert and aware of a potential deadly batch of heroin and fentanyl.
"It's not going away anytime soon," Police Chief Richard Mello told NH1 News.
"Anytime you have a highway system regardless of where it's going or what it's titled, it's going to provide a route for drugs to be trafficked. They're coming from everywhere and we are not immune to it."
"I think we need to know that; it's better than keeping things in the dark," said one resident of Lebanon, Wendy Laferriere of the press release information.
Lebanon police and fire responded to two heroin and Fentanyl overdoses Wednesday. The heroin epidemic continues to take over the state. In 2015 there were 428 confirmed drug-related deaths. This year there were already 10 deaths and 86 are still being looked at by the state's medical examiner's office. According to police, in 2014 Lebanon saw seven opioid overdoses and two related deaths, which is why today's numbers were so alarming, triggering Lebanon police to act.
"I have family who are in the hospital now because of it and slowly dying because of it," said Lebanon resident Elizabeth Barney. "So it's effecting me. It's only getting worse."
Both overdoses were treated with Narcan, the overdose-reversing drug.
Lebanon police recently added an anonymous needle drop box at the station and they said multiple people have already taken advantage of it.
Lebanon police still investigating to see if these incidents were from a certain, marked batch.