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Cops: death in WW no indicator of RI problem

January 23, 2014

WEST WARWICK— On Jan. 17, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) issued a warning regarding a spike in drug overdoses, and two days later, West Warwick police were called to a home on Wakefield Street for reports of an unresponsive resident.

Detective Sgt. Scott Amaral, spokesperson for the West Warwick Police Department, explained that on Sunday at 11:39 a.m., police responded to a home on Wakefield Street.

Upon arrival, they found a deceased male, 52, in the residence; the name of the person has been withheld by police.

Amaral explained that the cause of death was listed as an overdose, but until toxicology reports come back, the type of drug taken was unknown. He said it typically takes a month to receive toxicology results.

According to the HEALTH release, there have been 22 deaths due to accidental overdose since the first of the year.

The age of the deceased in this report range from 20-62 and is double the number of overdose deaths than last January.

“We haven’t seen an increase in overdoses in town,” Amaral said. “It’s definitely hitting the area [Kent County] but this is the first we’ve had.”


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