Drug overdoses, arrests on the increase

Narcotics activity, in the form of illegal sales, usage, overdoses and arrests, are on the increase in Bartholomew County.

Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that deputies likely saved the life of another overdose victim over the weekend. On Saturday, she says that Sgt. Kris Weisner was dispatched to a reported unconscious person in the 2600 block of North Talley Road. Upon arrival, Sgt. Weisner reported finding a man lying on the kitchen floor with shallow breathing and constricted pupils.

Jackson says that two doses of Narcan were administered and the man regained consciousness. He was then taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment.

“Overdoses from heroin have increased recently,” said Sheriff Matt Myers. “Heroin is a fast-acting opiate that causes users may nod off suddenly and their breathing is slowed, which is how an overdose kills,” he added.

Myers stresses that law-enforcement is working around the clock to combat this increasing threat. He noted that the county’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team made three arrests last week. The Sheriff went on to say that more arrests are expected.