Multiple Deaths in Less Than 24 Hours Possibly Linked to Opiate Overdoses

Pasadena, CA—Between Friday, Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m., Pasadena Police Department and Pasadena Fire Department responded to six different calls related to overdoses with seven different victims. The first report occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon when Pasadena paramedics transported an unresponsive individual to a local hospital who was suffering from respiratory distress consistent with opiate overdose. The most recent incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon when the police department received a call of deceased male in the 1700 block of Casitas Ave. There is evidence that suggests narcotics were likely the cause of his death.

All seven individuals were males who ranged in age from their 30s to their 60s. Three of the victims are deceased, one person is in grave condition and the other three were transported to local hospitals and are recovering. Although confirmation as to the cause of death will have to wait for toxicology reports, preliminarily it appears the overdoses were a result of the ingestion of an opiate. Naloxone (NARCAN) was administered to two of the surviving individuals, with positive results.

Pasadena detectives have responded and are actively investigating to determine if these incidents are linked. Opium-related deaths are not common in Pasadena, and both the police department and fire department are extremely concerned about the increase in overdose-related deaths over the past 24 hours. Paramedics and police officers are equipped with the nasal spray naloxone and, if administered in a timely manner, can counteract the effects of opium overdose.

Pasadena Police Department is asking anyone with information about any of these cases to call the department at (626) 744-4241. To report information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477); use the P3 Tips mobile app; or use the website lacrimestoppers.org.

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