BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) More people died last year in Vermont from drug overdoses. The health department says in 2017 there were 104 deadly drug overdoses; 93 of them involved a prescription opioid. That’s 10 more than in 2016. And the health department says last year, 68 of the fatalities involved fentanyl– up from 51 in 2016.
And now, there’s a warning about deadly drugs in Barre. The city has had seven overdoses in the last week, one of them deadly. Police are now warning those who might use drugs to use caution. But they’re not sure yet what people should look out for.
“In the past, we’ve put out warnings, “There are illegal drugs around, people are ODing from them, this is what to look for packaging.” This time, we didn’t have any packaging. All we have is plain glassine envelopes,” Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said.
Bombardier also says they don’t know where the drugs are coming from.
“Probably if we had one particular place, I wouldn’t have put out a warning,” the chief said.