Authorities in Berks County have issued a public health alert after what they say was a mass overdose event over the weekend.
There were 12 overdoses – three of which were fatal — reported in Reading, West Reading, Exeter Township and Rockland Township between Friday and Sunday, prompting the alert, according to a press release from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.
While investigators are awaiting toxicology reports in all of these cases, the common denominator is a substance believed to be cocaine powder laced with an opioid, likely fentanyl.
The substances were packaged in clear plastic packets or baggies.
“We, as law enforcement, are combating this epidemic that has plagued our community with every resource available to us,” Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said in a press release. “However, we also need your help. It is critical that the community remain vigilant and check on family and friends who may be using these dangerous drugs.”
Anyone with information should contact the West Reading, Reading or Exeter police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, or the District Attorney’s Detectives Office. They can also call Crime Alert Berks, 1-877-373-9913, or text a tip to 84741 starting your message with the word ALERTBERKS plus your tip.
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