Burlington police warn community of toxic batch of drugs; 3 overdoses send people to the hospital Friday morning

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Police in Burlington are warning the public about a toxic batch of illicit drugs as officers responded to three reported overdoses Friday morning.

Burlington police said all the overdoses happened within a three-hour span. Two of the people may have been staying at the Knights Inn. The other overdose happened on Columbia avenue.

All the victims underwent treatment at Alamance Regional Medical Center for life-threatening symptoms. As of Friday afternoon, at least one person was released for the hospital.

Heroin and/or cocaine mixed with suspected fentanyl is being distributed throughout the community, according to a Burlington police press release.

“Over the past two weeks, Burlington Police Department has been made aware that cocaine and fentanyl are now regularly being used in combination where historically fentanyl was seen in combination with heroin,” police said.

Burlington police said they would like to remind people of its existing Medicine Dropbox program and they are prepared to accept illicit substances at any time.

“The department will not initiate investigations into those who surrender substances at the Burlington Police Department,” police said in a press release.

Assistant Chief Brian Long said right now the department is focused on saving lives.

“We will remain committed on that distribution side but right now focus is on public health and safety and we want to get this bad batch off the streets,” Long said.

The following services are available:

Burlington Police Department (336) 229-3500

Residential Treatment Services of Alamance (336) 227-7417

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare 1-800-939-5911

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