Monday, December 9, 2019

Berks County District Attorney Issues Health Alert After a String of Overdoses Over the Weekend

Berks County DA John Adams has officially issued a Public Health Alert as the result of a rash of overdoses that occurred over the past weekend of December 7th and 8th, 2019 in the Borough of West Reading, the City of Reading, Exeter Township and Rockland Township.

According to the District Attorney's Office, a total of twelve overdoses were reported which required medical attention, and unfortunately three lives were lost. Detectives are awaiting results of toxicology reports from medical personnel in these cases.

Detectives from the West Reading Police Department, Reading Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the District Attorney’s Detectives are investigating the incidents. The common denominator in these overdose investigations is a substance believed to be cocaine powder laced with an opioid, possibly fentanyl. The substances were packaged in clear plastic packets or baggies.

“We, as law enforcement, are combating this epidemic that has plagued our community with every resource available to us. However, we also need your help. It is critical that the community remain vigilant and check on family and friends who may be using these dangerous drugs.” said DA John T. Adams

If anyone has any information that may assist the detectives with these investigations and prevent the possibility of others consuming this poison, please contact the aforementioned police departments, and/or Crime Alert Berks (phone: 1877-373-9913 or text tip: 84741 starting your message with the word ALERTBERKS + your tip).

1 comment:

  1. Maybe if these cities got the drugs off the streets this wouldn't be happening. Instead people like me who are suffering can't get the help they need