Four people died and a fifth was saved when an officer used NARCAN to revive them, authorities said Wednesday.
According to New castle County Police, on December 13, 2017, officers responded to three separate incidents between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. where an individual was found deceased following what appeared to be an overdose of heroin.
The Delaware Division of Public Health said a fourth person also died from a heroin overdose in New Castle County, but the incident happened outside of that police force's jurisdiction.
The incidents were spread across the Brandywine Hundred, Claymont, and Bear areas.
That brings the total number of overdose deaths in Delaware this year to 227.
Each cause of death will still need to be determined by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.
DHSS Sec. Dr. Kara Odom Walker said the holidays can be a concerning time for many.
“The stress of facing their families during holiday events while suffering from addiction or being excluded from family events because of their addiction can be a trigger point for people in active use. The most important thing that families can do is to help their loved ones find a connection to treatment and to get them to that initial intake," she said.
Those seeking assistance in the fight against addiction might be able to take part in the Hero Help initiative, and should head to the Corporal Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building at 3601 N. DuPont Highway or call 302.395.8050 to check if they're eligible.
Those needing assistance can also visit HelpIsHereDE.com.