Officials report heroin overdose surge in Eastern Kentucky

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Emergency officials say there has been a surge of heroin overdoses in Jessamine County this week.

Aaron Stamper, chief of the county's emergency services, says there were nine overdoses from Monday into early Tuesday morning.

Reports say none of the overdoses were fatal, though the county reported one overdose death in the county on Saturday

One Jessamine County officer called it the worst spree of overdoses he's seen in his 30 years of policing.

Just five months ago in August, Jessamine County officers worked 12 overdose cases in one weekend.

Officials say the epidemic is touching all areas of their communities.

"We've had [overdoses] in Walmart recently, we've had them in Kroger parking lot, we've had them in parking lots of schools," says Nicholasville Police Officer, Kevin Grimes, "It's been everywhere and there's no real common denominator."

Nicholasville Police say they've been in contact with the DEA to try and take down dealers and slow the flow of drugs in their area.

Stamper says "it's a mess right now".

The emergency services chief says it's possible that there's been a dangerous batch of heroin that has recently made its way into the county.

All but two of the nine overdoses were within the Nicholasville city limits.

The victims typically in their 20s through 40s.



 
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