8 Overdoses Occur in Portland Over 24-Hour Period

Apr 5, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine - Police say first responders in Portland were called to assist in eight suspected nonfatal drug overdoses over a roughly 24-hour period that occurred earlier this week.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that most of the victims were treated with Narcan, an anti-opioid drug which reverses the effects of overdoses, and all were sent to the hospital.
 
Lt. Robert Martin says the Portland Police Department sees an average of about two or three overdoses per day.
 
The first overdose was reported at 11:55 a.m. Sunday on Brackett Street. The final incident over the nearly 24-hour period occurred at 9:10 a.m. Monday on Congress Street, where two people experiencing an overdose claimed they had ingested over-the-counter medication.