Bloomington, IN: Investigators Say “Bad Batch” of Heroin Responsible for Rash of Overdoses
Bloomington investigators are searching for the supplier responsible for a “bad batch” of heroin, believed to be associated with a recent spike in heroin overdoses.
Police in Bloomington say that there have been eleven overdose reports since of the beginning of the month, and nine of those occurred in the last four days.
One of the victims was a man who overdosed in the Monroe County Jail. According to the man’s parents, they were contacted by a fellow inmate who told them their son had overdosed on “some of the bad heroin.” Naturally, the parents are wondering how he was able to obtain the drug while in jail.
A spokesperson for Monroe County said that drug can sometimes be smuggled into jails, noting that the facility in Bloomington is not unlike many others that encounter similar issues. Of note, the sheriff’s department recently purchases a body scanner for $100,000 in effort to curb such occurrences.
According to officials there have also been overdose increases in Muncie where more than a dozen overdoses – four of which were fatal – were reported within a period of three days.
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency say they can not yet determine if the same supplier is linked to all the recent overdoses.
Greg Westfall, Assistant Special Agent in Charge:
“There are ways to connect the dots between all they way up in Muncie to all the way down in Bloomington.”
“I’ve heard a lot over the last couple days about a bad batch of heroin and I’d like to ask what is a good batch of heroin? Heroin is heroin and it’s bad no matter which way we look at it.”
Police believe the heroin may have been laced with Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller up to 50 times more potent than heroin itself.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology