PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) - Three people overdosed on drugs in separate incidents during a short period of time this week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
One of those people later died. Now police are trying to track down the source of an unusually potent or tainted batch of heroin.
Police and medical personnel responded to the first heroin overdose on Tuesday night. Then came two more the next day. One of those found on the second day, a 37-year old man died. In Seacoast New Hampshire, much like in Maine, law enforcement is seeing an increase in the use of heroin and it has a lot to do with the crackdown on prescription drugs.
"I suspect that's causing people to move away from the prescription medication to heroin which is very accessible very affordable", said Portsmouth Police Captain Mike Schwartz.
Police are appealing to people in the community to come forward if they know anything about the heroin that killed one person and left two others in rough shape. Police say you pass along information and remain anonymous by calling the Seacoast Crime Stoppers hotline at 603-431-1199.