Ithaca Police: Eight suspected heroin overdoses in two weeks

The Ithaca Police Department issued a plea to heroin users on Tuesday, asking users of the opioid drug to reach out for treatment.

IPD has responded to eight calls for people suspected of overdosing on heroin in the last two weeks, Officer Jamie Williamson said in a statement. Those eight calls included one death “where the possibility that the person overdosed on heroin is being explored,” Williamson said.

“If you are addicted to heroin or if you know someone is addicted to heroin, please reach out for help,” Chief John Barber said. “There are a multitude of addiction recovery services in the Ithaca area that can and will help you.” Police are investigating the possibility that the overdoses are related, Williamson said, although he noted that it is too early to draw any conclusions about whether the overdoses are connected.

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