3 overdoses in Groton, 1 death


GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)  –  The Groton Town Police Department is investigating three apparent opioid overdoses that occurred in a three-hour span on Friday.  One person died and two others were revived with the use of narcan.

According to police, the first call was to a business on Gold Star Highway at 5:44 p.m. for an unresponsive male in a bathroom. After being revived by narcan the 34-year-old man was taken to the hospital and is expected survive. At 8:06 p.m., another call came in for an unresponsive male at 164 “D” Street. A 29-year-old male was also revived with narcan and taken to the hospital and is also expected to survive. Immediately following that call, there was another call for an unresponsive male at 193 Midway Oval where a 44-year-old man was found unresponsive and efforts to save him failed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say all three cases appear to be opioid overdoses.

Earlier in the week, Groton police responded to two overdoses in a 12-hour span. Both people, a 25-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman, died. Police believe fentanyl-laced heroin is responsible for at least one of those deaths.

“The fact that for the past three months law enforcement has conducted focused investigations into the opioid use and trafficking in Southeastern Connecticut that have yield significant results, and still the overdoses are a daily event, gives credence to how wide spread this epidemic in impacting our communities,” said Lt. John W. Varone, Detective Commander.

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