In fiscal year 2022, the LaGrange Police Department continued to see a number of drug overdose incidents.
According to a department news release, approximately 19 suspected overdose cases have been investigated by the LPD so far in fiscal year 2022.
Among these overdoses, the victims were found to have purchased what they thought were 30mg Oxycodone tablets, commonly referred to by the street name “Roxi’s”, when in fact they were taking Oxycodone pills. counterfeit synthetic opioids laced with lethal amounts of fentanyl. Although the pills are similar in shape, size and texture, there are some differences such as the offset of the pharmaceutical brands and these have a more grainy appearance than the actual pills.
When given in a timely manner, Narcan can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. On Friday, the LPD responded to a location within the city limits of LaGrange in reference to two unresponsive topics. The subjects were given Narcan as a lifesaving measure, which allowed both to regain consciousness. One patient has since been discharged by Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center, while the second patient remains hospitalized.
The LaGrange Police Department warns all citizens never to take any substance that has not been prescribed for them by their physician or to purchase narcotics from street vendors. Parents should also keep prescription medications in the original container and out of the reach of children. The department also reminds citizens that there is a drug drop box located in the LPD lobby at 100 W. Haralson St. This drop box is anonymous and placed there for all citizens to use to dispose of old, unused prescriptions or any illegal narcotics that also need to be destroyed.