Authorities investigating possible surge in suspected drug overdoses

Local - 3/12/2014 12:55 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - Authorities are investigating a possible surge in suspected drug overdoses in Raleigh County.

Detective Lieutenant Larry Lilly with the Sheriff's Office said the suspected overdoses have been happening in the Coal City and Sophia area since last Friday. Two of these suspected overdoses resulted in deaths in the Coal City area, according to Lilly.

It is unknown at this time if these suspected overdoses are coincidental, related, or the result of contaminated or stronger-than-normal drugs. The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau and the Beckley-Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Unit are handling the investigation.


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