TROY — Approximately eight people — including a female who was reportedly five months pregnant — were treated for heroin overdoses in five days, according to the Troy Police Department.
According to Captain Joe Long, heroin overdoses in the city are increasing with 19 heroin overdoses recorded so far in 2016.
“Due to the problem we have had in the last week, we are looking at options on what we can do about pressing charges,” Long said. Captain Long said most heroin users are purchasing heroin in the Dayton area and officials do not believe there is a “heroin cell” in Troy at this time.
Although eight overdoses in five days is a high number, Long said officials are unsure if the overdoses are rising due to “a bad batch” of the drug. Long said health care officials attribute the majority of overdoses to those who have detoxed from the drug for a period of time and then return to using their former tolerance level, thus causing the overdose.
Seven of the eight reports were available:
• On April 1, Troy Police Department officers responded to a medic assist for an unresponsive male. Christopher Bess, 40, was found laying on his back and semi-responsive. Medics administered Narcan nasally and was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center. A needle and two capsules with residue were located in the garage. All items were placed into evidence at Troy PD.The reporting party stated that Bess has been known to abuse heroin in the past and has also been in rehab. Bess was charged with drug abuse and drug abuse instruments.
• On April 2, officers were dispatched to an overdose at 920 Fountain Street, Troy, and found medics working on the victim Erica Jones. Medics administered Narcan. Jones was passed out on the floor with a syringe in her hand. The reporting party told officers that Erica was 5-months pregnant and obviously has a drug problem. Jones was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center and was still unresponsive.
Erica was charged with drug instruments and drug possession. Evidence was marked and put in property.
• On April 2, officers were dispatched to 1140 Stephenson Dr. Apt. C to assist the Troy Fire Department with a male who was not breathing. Upon arrival, officers located David P. Fair unresponsive laying on the bathroom floor. The medics gave David two doses of Narcan and Davis became responsive. David was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. Fair was charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and incarcerated.
• On April 3, officers were dispatched to 21 S Crawford Street on a heroin overdose. Medics on scene and had administered Narcan to the victim, Brian Boggs. Boggs was revived by TFD. Boggs admitted to using to caps of heroin recently but doesn’t remember where. Boggs also admitted to shooting the heroin with a syringe. No paraphernalia was found and Boggs has not been charged, according to the initial report.
• On April 3, units were dispatched to the listed address on an OD; arriving on scene with the medics that patient was given Narcan. Details were unavailable as of press time.
• On April 4, officers responded to 19 S. Mulberry St. in reference to a heroin overdose. Upon arrival, a male was doing CPR on another male, identified as John Davis. The reporting party stated he had picked John up in Dayton, and John was acting strange the whole way home.
The reporting party thought that John was sleeping because he was breathing and snoring. When a friend arrived at 19 S Mulberry Street, John’s daughter realized John was in an overdose and instructed the man to pull John out of the car and begin CRP.
The daughter stated that John was just released from jail today. She said John has been a heroin user for more than 10 years. John was given Narcan on the scene, and then transported to the hospital by medics.
• On April 4, an officer responded to 903 Kent Lane to assist the Troy Fire Medic. A female was transported to UVMC for an apparent drug overdose. No further information was available as of press time.
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