Nine Reported Dead In Philadelphia Over Weekend From Heroin OD
According to law enforcement, at least nine persons died from a heroin overdose in Philadelphia over the past weekend – in just a 36-hour period. Investigators say that the overdoses were due to a bad batch of heroin making its way around the area. Most occurred in the 24th Police District, which covers parts of Kensington, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond, just blocks from each other.
Police reported the following casualties:
The first was a 34-year-old man who was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m. last Saturday, December 3 inside a vehicle on the 2800 block of East Allegheny Avenue.
Later, a 36-year-old woman reportedly died just after 2 p.m. in a home on Rosehill Street.
A 24-year-old man was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, after being found in a home on North Broad Street.
The next group of casualties happened within just hours of each other.
Just before 1 a.m. on Sunday, a 28-year-old man was pronounced dead after being found inside a vehicle on the 3200 block of North 2nd Street.
Then Victor Colon, 42, was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. after being found unresponsive inside a home on Kensington Avenue.
Just minutes later, a 41-year-old was pronounced dead right after 2 p.m. after being found in a vacant lot on the 2800 block of D Street.
Yet another man on Kensington Avenue, 40, was pronounced dead at 2:07 p.m. also inside a home.
A 31-year-old woman was then found unresponsive inside a home on Amber Street, and was pronounced dead at 2:24 p.m.
Finally, a 29-year-old man was found unresponsive on the street on East Indiana Avenue, and was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.
Police also noted there would have been more deaths had it not been for first responders who were able to revive some of the victims with the anti-overdose drug Narcan.
In addition, last month nearly 50 people suffer from a heroin OD in one day in the neighborhoods of Kensington and North Philadelphia. Again, a bad batch of heroin or stronger opioid such as fentanyl may be to blame, but the incident is still under investigation.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology