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WARNING ISSUED AS HEROIN-RELATED OVERDOSE DEATHS SPIKE IN OKLAHOMA Featured

Written by  Monday, 03 June 2019 23:07
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The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) is sending out a warning after identifying a spike in heroin deaths over the past week. Seven Oklahomans have died from a suspected heroin overdose since May 27-- five in the Oklahoma City metro area and two in the Tulsa metro area.

 

“We had 57 heroin deaths in all of 2018. So seven deaths in just seven days is very concerning, indicating this heroin is likely very potent with a higher risk of overdose. Our Investigators believe the heroin may have been laced with fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid.” ---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

 

Woodward says agents are working to determine what, if any, connections there may have been among victims. OBN has made one arrest and is continuing to investigate both the source and origin of the heroin. OBN learned about the spike from information entered into the agency’s ODMAP. The program involves first responders entering suspected overdoses into a real-time mapping system, allowing OBN to deploy warnings and resources within a matter of hours to areas where spikes are recognized.

 

Signs of a possible overdose include:
 The person may not be responsive
 The person’s fingertips or lips are blue or grey
 The person’s breathing may be slow, shallow, erratic, or absent
 The person may be gurgling or making snoring noises
 The person may be confused or acting irrational
If you suspect someone has overdosed:
 DO NOT allow the person to “sleep it off” or leave them alone
 DO NOT put the person in a bath or shower
 DO NOT delay in calling 911 to clean up the scene

 

The public can get free Naloxone/Narcan (opioid reversal drug) without a prescription at several locations around the state. For locations, visit https://okimready.org/overdose/

 

 OBN encourages anyone with information about this or other criminal drug activity to call the OBN Tip Line at 1 (800) 522-8031 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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