May 27, 2018
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Portland police: Stronger, more dangerous heroin surfacing throughout city

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Dangerously potent heroin is being blamed for a rash of overdoses in Portland over the last couple of months, and police are alerting the public.

Assistant Chief Vern Malloch said Friday two city men have died from what are believed to be heroin overdoses since Dec. 1, while 11 others have been treated for non-fatal overdoses.

All of the non-fatal overdoses required life-saving emergency medical treatment, Malloch said, and four of those have occurred over the past four days.

“While heroin is never safe to use, there are even greater risks associated with it now,” said Malloch. “We are warning the public about this increased threat.”

Police are investigating, and information has been garnered that suggests trafficking of the dangerous heroin is happening in Portland, Malloch said. Officers are seeking the public’s help in finding the source of the drugs.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Portland police at 874-8533.

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