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Man dies of suspected overdose in Bartholomew Co

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 05, 2016

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. -- A 37-year-old man died of a suspected overdose in Taylorsville Friday evening. 

Deputies responded to the area of Main Street and CR 650 N regarding an unresponsive person. When they arrived, they found Brian Young, 37, dead with numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia near his body and at the scene.  

The product has been sent to a lab for analysis to determine what drug was used. 

It is the third death in Bartholomew County this week due to a suspected overdose, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday, the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office sent out a public safety alert regarding suspected heroin overdoses. 

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Deputies had responded to three suspected heroin overdoses within 48 hours, including the death of a 21-year-old woman who has been identified as Samantha Begner. 

Deputies administered Narcan and began CPR. She was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Deputies found a metal spoon with white residue and an empty syringe at the home. Several people were there, but were sleeping at the time of her overdose. 

"The cause of death is presumed to be a drug overdose possibly involving "bad heroin" or it could be an ultra-potent heroin that is so pure it can kill unsuspecting users instantly," Sheriff Matthew Myers said in a press release. 

The press release went on to say that if "bad heroin" is coming into Bartholomew County, the sheriff's office wants to know who is supplying it. 

"Families and friends MUST step up to save the lives of their loved ones. Even if they have already given up on these people, don't let them die. Find out where they are getting this stuff and call the sheriff's office," the release said. 

In 2015, the Bartholomew County Jail had 21 heroin bookings. Already in 2016, the jail has had 7 heroin bookings. 

Recently, Narcan was administered and saved the life of an inmate who overdosed at the jail. 

"Heroin addicts have 2 choices: They die or go to jail unless families and friends get them help NOW," the release said. 

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