2013-10-03 / Front Page

Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket In Mahopac

By Eric Gross

A heroin overdose epidemic has prompted Carmel Police to issue a warning to those experimenting with the drug: “Don’t do it!”

Chief Michael Johnson reported the death of a 25-year-old Mahopac man Sunday resulting from a heroin overdose as well as three other heroin overdoses that occurred in the past week.

“We are experiencing a reoccurrence of multiple drug overdoses in our township similar to earlier this year when four young men from Putnam and northern Westchester died of heroin overdoses at Putnam Hospital Center,” the chief said.

In addition to the 25-year-old fatal victim, Johnson said patrols investigated two heroin overdoses at Mahopac residences involving 25- and 26-year-old men as well as a case when a young woman drove to Carmel PD headquarters with her 28-year-old male companion in the car who had overdosed on heroin.

The three were all rushed to Putnam Hospital Center where they were revived.

Police recovered heroin packets from each overdose. Two were stamped with the labeling “Rich and Fixx” while the third packet was embossed with the marking—“Wass up.”

Johnson said since the first of January, police have made 50 arrests for heroin sales and possession: “I hope the public realizes the danger of this narcotic which has become a lot cheaper to purchase on the street than pills.”

Johnson notified neighboring police departments Monday about the heroin overdose outbreak and he intends to set up a meeting among law enforcement agencies in response to the incidents. 

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