One dead in Groton as three overdose in less than three hours

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Groton Town Police said three men overdosed, apparently on heroin, within less than three hours Friday.

First responders were able to revive two of the men with Narcan. 

The third, a 44-year-old who was found unresponsive by a family member at 193 Midway Oval, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The town police and Regional Community Enhancement Task Force are investigating the source of the heroin as the region continues to experience an unprecedented spike in overdoses.

The drug continues to flow into the area even as the task force, along with New London police, the Statewide Narcotic Task Force and federal and local departments have announced several major arrests.

"We are getting large quantities off the street, and it's still flowing freely," said town police Det. Lt. John W. Varone.

The first call came in at 5:44 p.m. on Friday, according to Varone.

He said town police, the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department, Groton Ambulance and medics from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital responded to a business on Gold Star Highway for a report of an unresponsive male in the bathroom.

The incident took place at Wal-Mart, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

The responders were able to revive the 34-year-old man using Narcan and other life-saving measures. He was taken to L+M and is expected to survive.

At 8:06 p.m., the first responders were called to 164 D St. for another overdose. They were able to revive the 29-year-old man and take him to L+M.

With the crews still working at the D Street scene, other members of the task force responded to 193 Midway Oval for a report of an unresponsive male, whom they were unable to revive.

All of the incidents are under investigation.


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