HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County spokesperson says nine people between the ages of 56 and 70 died after suspected overdoses after a rash of 911 calls for overdoses last weekend.
A Dauphin County spokesperson says two people from Lower Paxton Township and seven from Harrisburg City died from suspected overdoses over the weekend. The cause of death for each of the victims is not finalized as toxicology test results are pending.
Harrisburg Police said Monday there were at least 14 people who suffered an overdose in the city limits and at least five of the deaths are related to the same batch of bad drugs.
The first overdose call came in around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday in Uptown Harrisburg and several others were in the Midtown and Downtown areas. The Dauphin County 911 center received 22 overdose calls between 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. on Monday, and 20 of those calls were in Harrisburg City.
Three of the deaths occurred at Harmony Tower on North 2nd Street in Harrisburg where the victims were together.
Preliminary analysis shows the substances were fentanyl and cocaine based, while police have not said whether they believe the same person is responsible for each of the cases.
No one is in custody at this time and police say this is a “very active investigation.”
“We’ve gotten good feedback and good cooperation from people that have information on it,” said Lt. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo says potential charges in the case could include drug delivery resulting in death or unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
“These are dangerous, dangerous drugs,” said Chardo. “They become more dangerous over time.”
Harrisburg Police have Narcan available for those who may need it, no questions asked, as supplies last.
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