Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department releases warning after spate of overdoses over past week

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KENOSHA ⏤ After six overdoses in about as many days, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has a message. And that message is clear and simple: Do not take medication you are not prescribed.

Emergency personnel responded to the six overdoses during the week of March 30 through April 4, 2021. As a result, both deputies and detectives investigated what was causing such volume of overdoses in a short time, with opioids being the culprit.

“Upon the arrival of deputies, the individuals in these cases were not conscious or breathing and were revived with ‘Narcan‘ which is a narcotic antagonist used to counteract the effects of opioids,” a Monday department release said. 

Some of the people deputies revived with Narcan also told them they had consumed Xanax bars and oxycodone pills.

Sheriff: KDOG investigating overdoses

Due to the quantity of incidents, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth reminds residents that taking medication your doctor has not prescribed is “extremely dangerous and illegal.”

“The Kenosha Drug Operations Group (KDOG) is currently investigating these overdoses,” the department’s release concluded.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information on the overdoses to call its “KDOG” unit at 262-605-7930. Callers can also leave a tip anonymously to the Kenosha County Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

The department also asks resident to please utilize medication drop-off sites and services whenever possible to properly expose of medications.

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