Three suffer suspected drug overdoses in Warren, one fatal

Incidents bring overdose total to 10 on the year


Three victims, one of whom died, suffered possible drug overdoses last Wednesday, April 5, bringing the overdose total this year to 10. One of them was treated with Narcan, an anti-opioid carried by Warren police officers and members of the Warren Rescue Squad.

Wednesday’s calls include:

n At 9:06 a.m., police and emergency crews responded to Child Street for a report of an unconscious 36-year-old man. First responders began CPR immediately and transported him to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death has not yet been determined, as police are awaiting notification from the state Medical Examiners’ office. However, Deputy Warren Police Chief Joseph Loiselle said evidence seized at the scene indicates a possible drug connection.

n At 12:26 p.m., rescue crews were called to Child Street for a 55-year-old man in medical distress. First responders said the man was slightly blue, was breathing shallowly and had a weak pulse. Narcan was administered twice by rescue crews, and the man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

 n At 5:21 p.m., police and rescue crews were called to Beach Street for a report of a 32-year-old woman screaming and moving uncontrollably. She was placed into a rescue and transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Narcan was not administered as the woman was conscious when responders arrived.

The overdoses occurred on the same day the Warren Times-Gazette published “Heroin’s first responders,” a story about the heroin epidemic’s impact on Warren and the decision by Warren Rescue and the police department to be trained in the use of Narcan.


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Honoré de Balzac

Give 'em Narcan so they can OD another day. Brilliant.

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I applaud the efforts of the first responders who save lives - Every life. All human life is worth our effort. It may be difficult to see past the addiction but I promise that each one of these people is a life worth saving. The struggle with addiction is complex and wide spread. Whether you realize it or not, you interface with people who struggle silently every day... Addiction includes, but is not limited to alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, eating disorders... That really just scratches the surface.

We all struggle in one way or another. Have compassion for people who struggle with addiction. Connection is where they will find healing. Connection is where we all find healing.

- Julia

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