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Multiple suspected drug overdoses claim three lives in Lafayette

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 21:22:39-05

LAFAYETTE — Three people died after multiple suspected drug overdoses in Lafayette over the weekend.

According to a report from Lafayette police, officers responded to an increased number of suspected overdoses from Friday through Sunday. Three people died from the suspected overdoses.

Police said pending autopsies and toxicology reports will determine the cause of death in the cases.

Investigators said some of the drug overdoses may have been the result of a "bad batch" of heroin. Police said the heroin may have been cut with a dangerous chemical, such as fentanyl, which increases the volume and enhances the effect of the drug.

The rise in heroin overdoses prompted the Lafayette Police Department to implement a Narcan program in October 2017. Patrol officers are issued Narcan nasal spray and are trained on how to administer the medicine, which is designed to counteract a known or suspected drug overdose.

Anyone with information involving the weekend cases or related drug activity is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.