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9 overdose on suspected ‘bad heroin' in Bloomington

Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 14:51:21-05

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Within the past three days, nine people overdosed on what Bloomington police believe is a “bad batch” of heroin.

Capt. Steve Kellams with the Bloomington Police Department said there have been an additional eleven overdoses since Feb. 1.

Many of those overdosed were revived using naloxone before being taken to the hospital, the Herald Times Online reports. Fortunately, no one died during the incidents.

Another case of “bad heroin” impacted the Muncie community earlier this week, where police responded to 16 calls for overdoses between 2 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday – three of those were fatal, said Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle.

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Workers at the Delaware County Emergency Response Center said they're used to taking multiple calls in a day with the average of three in a 24-hour period.

"Those were ones that were classified as overdoses. We could have had calls that come in as an unconscious that might have been an overdose that we didn't even know about," said Klif Rhodes, who works in the Delaware County Emergency Response Center.

Bloomington and Muncie aren’t the only ones experiencing problems with overdoses. In early January, Indianapolis EMS reported 13 overdose cases in one day, which they said is average.

"This really is typical these days," said Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of emergency medical services for the city of Indianapolis and Eskenazi Health. "Public places, public bathrooms. Oftentimes it's really right where the deal was done. Right where they purchase their drugs is where they stop to use."

RELATED | At least 13 people overdosed in Indianapolis Monday. It was an average day for Indy EMS

Investigators in the Bloomington case said they are on the hunt for the supplier and plan to interview those who suffered overdoses to help provide information, according to the Herald Times.

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