Fifth heroin overdose investigated

PARKERSBURG – Law enforcement officials continue to grapple with a drug problem in the area, as a fifth person suffered a heroin overdose in less than two weeks.

According to Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins, officers found an unresponsive 30-year-old woman at a north end apartment complex Saturday evening.

The woman, whose name has not been released, is the fifth overdose in Parkersburg in less than two weeks.

“We are getting some indications it is a very strong batch of heroin from New York, rather than a contaminated batch,” Collins said.

Officers arrived about 10 p.m. Saturday and found paramedics working on an unresponsive 30-year-old woman. While paramedics treated the woman, officers spoke with two other people at the apartment who said she went to the bathroom, returned a short time later and passed out on the floor, Collins said.

Collins said the woman was resuscitated and taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment.

Suspected heroin paraphernalia was found in the bathroom, and the evidence is being tested. No charges have been filed.

“We get there on a medical call because it is listed as a possible drug overdose,” Collins said. “When we get there any evidence is gone.”

Collins said if evidence is present, offenders will be charged.

“Most of the time there is no evidence left and it’s a straight medical call.”

Collins said law enforcement officials saw this problem coming, alerted by officials from the narcotics taskforce.

“The number one and number two problems are meth and heroin,” he said.

The most recent incident was the fifth heroin overdose in Parkersburg in less than two weeks, including one fatality.

On Jan. 12, a 27-year-old woman died of a suspected heroin overdose. Collins said officials have not gotten the lab results back on the cause of death. The woman’s name has not been released.

A day earlier, Charles Andrew Wade, 29, of 36th Street, Parkersburg, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was found unconscious on the bathroom floor at 7-Eleven on Gihon Road.

Also last week, two people overdosed on heroin at a home where a 22-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were found unresponsive, police said.

In the meantime, Collins said law enforcement officials are working to track down the dealers.

“We are trying to find out who the dealers are and where the stuff is coming from. That’s all we can continue to do,” he said.

“We want people to know what we are up against.”