PIQUA — Two Piqua residents died of suspected heroin overdoses last weekend.
One, a 27-year-old woman, was found deceased at a residence on Lake Street on Friday at 9:48 a.m.
“We’re investigating it,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said. “We suspect heroin overdose.”
The Piqua Police Department is also investigating the death of a 31-year-old man who was found deceased at a residence on South Street on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
There were signs of drug use at each of those scenes.
The Piqua Police Department is investigating to uncover where those suspected drugs came from to make a case of involuntary manslaughter against any alleged drug dealers who may have supplied the victims with the suspected heroin. The Piqua Police Department hopes that their continued efforts to hold drug dealers accountable will discourage people from selling drugs.
Heroin addicts can also take the lesson that these deaths could be them, as their next fix could kill them. Jamison explained that their addiction, while being hard to beat, could eventually kill them if they do not get help.
There is no guarantee that the heroin addicts purchase is “good heroin” or “bad heroin,” meaning that there are some drugs being mixed in or sold as heroin to users without the users’ knowledge.
“It doesn’t look any different,” Jamison said.
One particular synthetic drug that law enforcement is dealing with is Fentanyl, a prescription narcotic generally used to relieve pain for surgery patients. It can also cause life-threatening respiratory distress when mixed with alcohol or taken in large doses.
“We know Fentanyl is involved,” Jamison said. “It’s being sold as heroin.”
Jamison explained that, since Fentanyl is synthetic, it could be more advantageous to a drug dealer to manufacture Fentanyl at times and sell it as heroin.
“And they’re just not going to care what the outcome is making that drug sale,” Jamison said.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall