Heroin suspected in 4 deaths in 5-hour period in New Castle County

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New Castle County Police investigated four deaths between Sunday morning and early Sunday afternoon that are believed to be tied to heroin.

The incidents occurred in the Wilmington, Newark and Claymont areas.  The exact cause of death for each individual has yet to be determined by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.

“This is concerning and something we’ve seen before with Fentanyl or other bad batches of heroin,” said Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn Bond Jr, Interim Chief of Police.  “While the causes of death have yet to be determined, at this point in the investigation heroin seems to be a common factor. This is a stark reminder that the drug dealers don’t care what they lace the heroin with and couldn’t care less about the addicted person’s life- drug dealers simply see drug users as a means of making money.”

If you or someone you know has an addiction problem and wants help, New Castle County Police has the Hero Help initiative.   Hero Help is a collaboration of the Police, Delaware Department of Justice and state Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to provide drug and/or alcohol addiction treatment to qualifying adults who contact police and ask for treatment. Individuals can come to the Corporal Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building at 3601 N. DuPont Highway New Castle, Del. 19720 to request further information and inquire if they are eligible. Citizens can also call (302)395-8050.
To be eligible for the program, you must be a Delaware resident 18-years-old or older, have no violent criminal convictions, and voluntarily enroll in the program.

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