Fort Collins police are presently investigating two separate unattended death cases where the victims died of a potential heroin drug overdose. The identity of the victims and the official manner and cause of death will be released by the Larimer County Coroner's office once autopsies have been completed and the next of kin notified. It usually takes one week to receive results from toxicology reports.
The first case occurred Tuesday morning, November 29 in the 2900 block of Tumbleweed Lane. A 25 year-old man contacted 9-1-1 after waking up to find two roommates unconscious. Emergency Medical Technicians transported a 25 year-old male to the hospital for treatment of a potential drug overdose. A 29 year-old man died at the scene.
Early this morning, November 30, police responded to a similar report of an unattended death of a 24 year-old man in the 100 block of East Trilby Road. A 44 year-old man reported finding his roommate unresponsive around 3 a.m. and called 9-1-1. Paramedics were unable to revive the victim.
Police are investigating these unattended deaths and while there is no evidence at this time that indicates any of the cases are connected, detectives are aware of the recent death of 18 year-old Sean William McGown, a CSU student who died Monday.
Although prescription pain killers are involved in more drug overdose deaths nationwide than cocaine or heroin, heroin does have a presence in the northern Colorado region. The Larimer County Coroner has documented four heroin deaths in Larimer County so far this year and suspects heroin in three other cases (toxicology reports pending). While this is a relatively small number when compared to the countywide population, police want citizens to know this drug is dangerous and does have a presence in the community.
Paramedics are using a life-saving drug to help prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. Naloxone (Narcan) is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin (or other opioids) in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes and in many cases can save a person's life.
Additional information about the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force can be found at http://www.fcgov.com/drugforce/.