Eugene hit with rash of heroin overdoses

In total, first responders were called to 13 overdoses over 24 hours.

Posted: Dec 9, 2020 11:02 PM
Updated: Dec 9, 2020 11:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore.--A spike in heroin overdoses--including three in three hours--hit Eugene on Wednesday, prompting police to issue a warning about a bad batch of the drug.

In total, first responders were called to 13 overdoses in 24 hours. None of the incidents were fatal.

One of the overdoses happened at Washington-Jefferson park. Janet Ayres lives nearby and said the drug problem there is common and frustrating.

"It's been horrific," Ayres said. "It's been with the full approval of the city politicians, not enacting decent codes that prevent it. Right now the city is in a reactionary mode, and I expect my government to be proactive."

Eugene police said all those who overdosed were revived with Narcan, a drug that reverses the effect of an overdose.

Police also said if you see anyone overdosing, call 911.

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