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City police investigate surge in overdoses

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City police responded to 15 drug overdose calls in the last 45 days, up from just five incidents total the month prior.

Two of the most recent ended in deaths for the victims, which in one case reportedly involved a substance brand-new to the area, Brorphine, a powerful synthetic opiate described as deadly and largely untested.

“It was reported by the pathologist that this was the first instance of overdose by Brorphine he was aware of in the area,” said Detective Lt. Michael Strangeway. “Little is known about this latest synthetic drug. Experts are uncertain whether Naloxone (Narcan) is capable of reversing its effects.”

Like Fentanyl, Strangeway says Brorphine is readily mixed with any number of other substances. thus there is no way a user can recognize if their drugs have been mixed and the result can be life-ending.

City investigators managed to obtain enough evidence to get a search warrant that could potentially lead to one of the sources of the deadly drugs: A residence at 237 Port Watson Street.

That was conducted this morning at about 8:00.

“The residence appeared to have been being used as a drug den (a place where users obtain and use illegal drugs),” said Lt. Strangeway. “It was littered with empty wax heroin bags, bath salts bags, hundreds of used needles and other assorted pieces of paraphernalia commonly utilized during intravenous drug use.

Police say only one man was present at the time, 54-year-old Kipp Patterelli, listed as homeless, who was already wanted for his failure to properly register as a level 3 sex offender.

He was arrested on two prior occasions for failing to register and hit with more charges this morning:

  • Sex Offender – Failure to register (F)
  • Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 7th (M)

Patterelli is currently held at CPD awaiting arraignment.

The owner of the Port Watson Street residence was notified and police said they’ll be taking steps to secure the property and see that it’s cleaned up.

Below are two photographs of packages that were found at the scene.

“City police will continue to seek out and arrest individuals responsible for transporting and distributing these dangerous substances. Users are cautioned and need to be aware of the grave risks associated with the use of these types of drugs. We encourage those suffering with addiction to seek the help of professionals, including the police, who are willing and anxious to support all members of the community in recovery and working towards leading a healthy lifestyle.” – Lt. Michael Strangeway

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