High number of opioid overdoses seen in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police reported an "unusual and disturbing" number of heroin overdoses Saturday afternoon and evening.

Police recorded 5 suspected overdoes Saturday afternoon and evening.

Nasal Narcan saved 3 lives, police said, and an IV of the drug saved a fourth live.

The condition of a fifth heroin overdose patient dumped off at a local ER remained unknown, Springfield Police said.

"This volume is unusual and disturbing and public health officials urge caution for heroin users," Springfield Police said in a statement Saturday evening.

It all began this morning at about 11:30 a.m when Springfield police personnel responded to 18th and H Street, where two patients were reportedly suffering from the effects of heroin overdose. Police administered nasal Narcan dosages to both, who quickly recovered.

At 3:15 p.m. a third heroin overdose was reported at the 2000 block of Marcola Road, where medics administered Narcan to a patient suffering from a suspected heroin overdose.

At 5:22 p.m. police and EMS responded to another suspected heroin overdose at S 54th and Main Street. A 30 year old female patient was in seizure and was having difficulty breathing but medics administered IV Narcan and saved her from what appeared to be the onset of death by heroin overdose.

Police are describing a black or white and brown mixed granular (heroin) powder substance discovered in two of the four cases and advise users to beware of the lethal substance which appears to be under circulation in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at (541) 726-3714.

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