By Missy Schrott | [email protected]
Police responded to five suspected opioid overdoses in three days, two resulting in fatalities, according to Gregg Ladislaw, captain of the Alexandria Police Department.
The five overdoses took place between Saturday and Monday at different locations throughout the city and at different times. The victims ranged in age from 25 to 50 years old and include both men and women, Ladislaw said.
Ladislaw said he could not disclose names because the non-fatalities are being pushed toward treatment and the fatalities are still under investigation. He also said he couldn’t confirm that the fatalities were a result of narcotics, since police do not have lab results or medical examiner reports.
“We are working under the premise that it’s possibly a bad batch of narcotics, whether it’s a high concentration within it or there’s something else mixed in with it,” Ladislaw said. “We’ve seen the spike of now five in a very short period of time so we wanted to put out the information to the public so that they know that this was occurring.”