Heroin crisis continues in Connecticut with more overdoses, arrests

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Cities and towns across Connecticut continue to deal with a heroin crisis. Groton is the latest location where there were three overdoses just this past Friday, which left one person dead.

“It’s all over the place,” said Charles Klaben, who we spoke to in Groton. “You know whose dealing it, you just got to find it from the source and stop it.”

There’s been a been spike in overdoses in Groton and the shoreline in recent days and police there have been very busy.

Related: Police make drug bust in New London

Four people were arrested on narcotics charges in New London Friday.

Also on Friday, around 5:45 p.m., Groton Town Police responded to an overdose on Gold Star Avenue where they revived a 34-year-old man and he was taken to the hospital. Hours later there was another call on D Street where a 29-year-old man was also revived and expected to live. Another one on Midway Avenue then happened shortly after that where a man was pronounced dead on scene. The culprit in all three cases appears to be opioids.

“They get caught up in some of these drugs and I don’t think they know what they’re getting into before you know it its to late,” said Richard Gracie who frequently visits the D Street neighborhood.

Related: 3 overdoses in Groton, 1 death

Police say they’re to combat the problem and are working with local community organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid use.

“It’s been going on for some time with the addictions that are occurring out there. The heroin, the amount of heroin that’s out there is just coming to a boil,” said Lt. John W. Varone, Groton Police.

Goton police also tell us before Friday of last week there were two overdoses in a 12 hour time span. Both people died in those cases.

Police credit narcan with helping them save the lives of those who survived.

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