NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The number of deaths from heroin overdoses in New London and Norwich doubled in 2013 over the previous year.
The Day of New London reports that the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says at least 20 combined deaths — 10 in each of the two cities — in 2013 were caused by heroin or heroin and a mix of other substances such as alcohol and cocaine.
At least five people died of heroin overdoses in each city in 2012. Other overdose deaths may have been partly caused by heroin but are attributed to “multiple drug toxicity” without specific drugs cited.
Jack Malone, executive director of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, blames the soaring rates of addiction to opioids, which are mostly prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.