Hartford Police Issue Warning After Multiple Overdose Deaths Since Monday

Hartford police have become alarmed after a series of overdose deaths in the city in the past day.

On Tuesday, police said five people died of drug overdoses since 7 p.m. on Monday.

A sixth victim was located on Wednesday.  The victim, a 55-year-old man, appeared to have been dead for 36 to 48 hours, police said.

In a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, police said they are concerned because it appears that fentanyl has been mixed with drugs not normally connected to the substance.

They are seeing fentanyl present in pill form, mixed with heroin, powdered cocaine, and crack cocaine, according to Lt. Paul Cicero.

The latest victim appeared to have used crack cocaine, police said.

The five people who died Monday and Tuesdasy were men ranging in age from 50 to 61, above the age of most overdose victims Hartford police see, Cicero said.  The victims were all in the Asylum Hill neighborhood.

City officials urged anyone who has a family member with a substance abuse problem involving any drug to utilize services in Hartford to get access to naloxone.

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