Uptick In Middletown Drug Overdoses

Middletown police are putting out a warning after four people were reported to have overdosed on drugs on Wednesday, including one person who died.

At this point, it’s not clear which drug or drugs were involved.

Police said it appears the cases are not linked to one drug source.

“The only thing I can do is offer up my prayers which I’ll be doing,” said David, a Middletown man who only wanted to give his first name.

Police said previous overdoses have been linked to heroin. David said a friend of his recently overdosed.

“A lot of people need help. That’s what it is. Maybe help they’re not getting,” said David.

On the streets of Middletown you can find many people whose lives have been impacted by the heroin epidemic.

“I’m not sure what we need to do but what we’re doing right now is not working and people are dying and I think it’s scary,” said Jean Ann Wertz of Middletown.

Wertz said her daughter works at a clinic to help people with heroin addictions.

Centers are trying to keep up with growing demand but it’s not easy with money being tight.

Just this week amid the state budget cuts, 59 jobs were slashed from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

It’s a mission that Wertz said is badly needed to help so many.

“They don’t want to die from a heroin overdose but the resources aren’t always there to actually help them,” said Wertz.

People who need immediate help can call 911 or can call 211 if they need help with addiction services.

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