Crime / Courts

Suspected overdose claims life

By Nikki Blankenship

Scioto County Candor

Overdose may be the cause of yet another death in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Police Captain Jason Hedrick reported that at 6:05 p.m. on March 28, officers were called to 880 Bertha Ave lot 5 in reference to a female being found deceased. The death is expected to be a possible overdose.

“This investigation is still active and awaiting a toxicology and autopsy report,” Hedrick stated.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, for 2016, Scioto County had 35 overdose deaths, the highest number of overdose deaths in county history. Based on population, the county’s overdose rate was 31.8 with Montgomery County having the highest overdose rate of 40. To no surprise, the leading causes of death related deaths were heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

The suspected overdose occurred just lots down from another incident still under investigation. According to Hedrick, on Feb. 4, officers were called to 880 Bertha Ave. lot 9 in reference to a possible suicide. At the scene, officers found a male who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hedrick added that this case is also awaiting toxicology and autopsy reports.

No other information is currently available.

“Both of these cases are still an open investigation.  Being such, the information that I can provide is very limited,” Hedrick commented.