Increase in drug overdoses among teens

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s been an increase in drug overdoses here at home and it’s not just street drugs anymore. An EMS chief tells News 8 it’s the worst hes seen in decades, particularly among high school students.

One local teen just died from a heroin overdose just this past weekend and several others have been hospitalized after overdosing on Xanax, which can be found in many medicine cabinets.

When you see these flashing lights and hear the sound of a siren, it’s a signal someone is in need of help.

If you live in East Windsor and an ambulance is there to assist you in your moment of need, there’s a good chance you can thank Thomas Clynch, he’s the Chief of their ambulance association.

“We’ve had some real unfortunate events,” said Clynch.

And in recent weeks Chief Clynch says his ambulances have been especially busy, and he blames drugs.

east windsor ambulance

“Overdoses are not uncommon in ambulance systems. We’ve seen a lot of fatalities lately which is a little bit more unusual,” said Clynch.

What’s also unusual says Chief Clynch is the ages of the people they’re treating.

Earlier this month a 14-year-old girl that lived there died of an apparent heroin/Fentanyl overdose.

In a statement sent to News 8 by the East Windsor Police Department they too say they’ve noticed a growing problem:

In part it reads”

“The Town of East Windsor Police Department has noticed an increase in the number of heroin-related incidents, as has most communities in New England. Last year, this agency dealt with one confirmed accidental heroin related death. This year, we have had three untimely deaths that we feel are drug related.”

“We seemed to caught a little spike,” said Clynch.

And it’s not just in East Windsor where officials are taking notice.

Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department recently tweeted out a warning and picture of a heroin/Fentanyl product they’re seeing pop up on the streets. It just so happens that same “brand” of drug, called “New World”, is the same authorities say they think the 14-year-old East Windsor girl used before losing her life.

New World Heroin

“There’s really a public interest here and people need to keep an eye on what’s going on,”said Clynch.

The superintendent of East Windsor Public Schools is also weighing on the issue;

“The East Windsor Public Schools in conjunction with CHC is planning a Community Service event March 11 from 6-8 at East Windsor High School. The event will present information about drug use and the supports that are available to our students and their families.”

Chief Clynch says he’s been working with his department since 1978 and he cannot recall this many drug issues in such a short period of time.

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