In 12-Day Span, Six Die From Suspected Heroin Overdoses In Manchester

Dec 12, 2014

Credit Courtesy of MPD

Police in Manchester are dealing with a recent spate of fatalities caused by drug overdoses.

Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, the city saw six overdose deaths.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department is waiting for toxicology results to confirm, but the suspicion is heroin use was involved in each case.

“Heroin today is roughly 30 to 40 percent purity," he said. "So if they add a few percentage of more pure ingredients such as heroin to the current product on the market, that can cause the uptick in fatalities.”

The overdoses involved men and women, ranging in age from 20s to mid-50s.

Sgt. O’Keefe says the department continues to work to alert the public of the dangers of drug use.