Heroin-related overdoses continue to rise in Lane County

Neighbors near Pearl Alley and East 15th Avenue in Eugene woke up to sirens and flashing lights around 7 a.m. Thursday responding to a medical response.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2018 6:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Health officials said there have been 23 overdoses in the past five days as the heroin crisis continues in our community.

Neighbors near Pearl Alley and East 15th Avenue in Eugene woke up to sirens and flashing lights around 7 a.m. Thursday after paramedics were called to a medical response.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Joey Hart, who lives nearby. He said he was not surprised to see first responders just outside his door. Hart said on Wednesday afternoon he saw some people lying on the ground, passed out just across the street from his apartment.

Hart believes they were using drugs, possibly even the bad batch of heroin that's been going around. Hart said it's sad to see these recent overdoses happen in a community he loves and he feels for the people impacted.

"Just keep trying, man. Just try to do a little bit better than you did the day before,” Hart said. “Regardless of what it is, just make a little progress and know that there's people out there that care about you."

Lane County health officials warned people that heroin is extremely dangerous and said using it, touching it or even being in the proximity of it can lead to overdoses, infections or even death.

They said they are currently tracking data and testing the substances used in some of these overdoses to try and figure out what the root problem is.

The Eugene Police Department said they have a team investigating where this bad batch of heroin is coming from, and are asking people to contact them if they have any information.

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