Several county coroners and area police are warning residents of a potentially lethal batch of heroin circulating in central and southern Illinois. With as many as four possible fatalities and an unknown number of overdoses, authorities want to get the word out before local communities suffer any more loss.
It is uncertain at this time due to pending toxicology results, whether this is an extremely pure dose of heroin or if it has been mixed with another potent drug such as fentanyl. Heroin users often use approximately the same dose each time they use, so if this is a more pure type, the first dose could be lethal.
Officials would also like the public to know that no one should be afraid to seek medical attention for themselves or someone that they believe is suffering from an overdose. The Good Samaritan Law gives anyone calling 911 in good faith “immunity from criminal charges for drug possession. The overdose victim you’re helping is protected too.”
Anyone with information about drug abuse in their communities is encouraged to contact their local authorities or their local Crimestoppers.