Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
Dr. Dora B. Schriro - Commissioner
Colonel George Battle - Deputy Commissioner - Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 14, 2018
Connecticut State Troopers Investigate Litchfield County Untimely Deaths
Litchfield, CT (July 14, 2018): Connecticut State Troopers and Connecticut State Police Detectives from Western District Major Crime are investigating several untimely deaths potentially related to heroin overdoses in Litchfield County.
Four untimely deaths have been reported in nine days in Litchfield, Sharon, New Hartford and Canaan, where different items of suspected heroin paraphernalia were found at each scene. These overdoses have been reported over the past two weeks, where different items of suspected heroin paraphernalia were found at each scene.
It is unknown at this time if any of the consumed narcotics were contaminated by any substances that were unknown to the deceased.
Strong caution and vigilance is recommended. If you, someone you know or anyone you see, exhibits symptoms of narcotic overdose, call 911 immediately.
Symptoms of opioid overdose include:
• Slow or stopped breathing
• “Pinpoint” pupils
• Cyanosis (blue skin, lips, or fingernails)
• Slow or stopped heartbeat
• Vomiting or gurgling noises
• Limp body or the person is unable to be awakened or roused
For any emergencies: Dial 911
For Connecticut resources: Dial 211 or visit 2-1-1 Connecticut
To learn more about opioid addiction and the prevention of overdoses, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at https://www.samhsa.gov/
If anyone thinks they may have any information regarding overdose investigations, please call Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Detectives at 860-626-7975 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. Calls can remain confidential.