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Police respond to two apparent fatal overdoses in city Thursday

The Bloomington Police Department responded to two fatal overdoses Thursday.

Officers were called to Amethyst House at 215 N. Rogers just after 6 p.m. when a case manager found a 32-year-old man on a floor and unresponsive. Officers began CPR until EMS arrived. The person had missed a Zoom meeting at 1 p.m., then missed a group meeting at 3:30 p.m. when the counselor found them later they administered Narcan, but the person didn’t respond.

Officers located syringes, and a bag of powder believed to be heroin.

Earlier officers responded to the 500 block of S. Broadview, where a 31-year-old woman was found cold to the touch by a man who said he had only just met her on Facebook, and let her stay at his home. The man had gone to work the previous night around 10:30 p.m. and when he arrived home the next morning the woman appeared to be sleeping on his couch.

The coroner was called to the residence, and when the woman was moved a small pouch with three syringes, and a small container with a gray substance was found.

The woman had been experiencing homelessness.

Details of a third possible overdose are not known to the Bloomingtonian at this time, but coroner Joani Shields confirmed late Thursday there are three investigations.

In an earlier story the Bloomingtonian reported:

Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields confirmed with the Bloomingtonian three area residents died of apparent overdoses Thursday.

“I can confirm we currently have 3 death investigations we are conducting from today, Thursday, and they appear to be possible overdose-related. All 3 are being sent for an autopsy so no confirmed cause of death yet,” said Shields.

The Indiana Recovery Alliance posted the following statement Thursday evening, “

“BAD BATCH ALERT! There’s a bad batch out right now. We do not have more information, but we’ve just heard about 3 deaths in one afternoon. Please be safe. Please carry Naloxone. Please don’t use alone. Call the Never Use Alone hotline if you have no choice but to use alone (800) 484-3731, and someone will stay on the phone with you to make sure you are okay. We love you.”

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