Law enforcement warns of deadly drugs in area

By Ryan Carter -

Authorities are warning the community of a potentially deadly batch of drugs that could make its way from Ross County to Fayette County.

After it was reported in the Chillicothe Gazette that there were a total of five overdoses, including one death, reported in Chillicothe and Ross County Tuesday night, the Washington C.H. Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office cautioned locals about the proliferation of fentanyl, which is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

“I hope we don’t see a spike in overdoses locally, but this message needs to be distributed,” said Washington Police Lt. Jon Long. “If an addict plans to use what they believe to be heroin, they should have a sober friend available to monitor their reaction to whatever it is they’ve put into their body, and be prepared to call 911 if consciousness is lost.”

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also shared a link of the Chillicothe Gazette’s overdose story to the FCSO Facebook page.

Two individuals reportedly overdosed at around 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Blue Stone Inn, 1809 Columbus Ave. in Washington C.H. Several doses of Narcan were used to revive the male and female, according to Long. Both were charged with drug paraphernalia offenses.

Narcan is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.

By Ryan Carter

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