Bad batch of illegal drugs suspected for sharp increase in overdose deaths in Chesterfield County

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – A rash of overdose deaths over the past 3 days police suspect is related to a bad batch of illegal drugs in the community. Chesterfield County Police have responded to multiple suspected overdose death calls in the last 72 hours.

At this point, police are aware of six suspected overdose deaths that have occurred in Chesterfield County during that time frame.

“So many overdoses in a short period of time often indicates that the illegal or prescription drugs being sold or used are extremely potent and likely to cause an overdose,” the department said. “If you are with someone who overdoses, call 911 immediately. Administer Narcan/Naloxone if you have access to it. If you or someone you know needs Narcan, call 804-717-6169. The Chesterfield County Opioid Outreach Coordinator can provide it free of charge.”

Signs of an overdose:
• Person is not responsive
• Fingertips or lips turn blue or grey
• Breathing is slow, shallow or has stopped
• Person is gurgling or making snoring noises

If you see a suspected overdose:
• Call 911
• If you have Narcan/Naloxone, administer it and perform rescue breathing
• If the victim does not respond after 2-3 minutes, give a second dose of Narcan/Naloxone
• Do not leave the person alone; help will arrive
• If the person starts to breathe or becomes more alert, lay them in the recovery position: put the person slightly on their left side so their body is supported by the left knee with their face turned to the side and their bottom arm reaching out to stabilize their position

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