Coroner: 3 overdose victims in 5 hours in York County

Christopher Dornblaser

Three people died of suspected heroin-related overdoses in a span of five hours Wednesday, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Coroner Pam Gay said that three in such a short time was unusual.

"The fact that three died in one day is concerning to us," she said.

Gay said that the coroner's office and the York County District Attorney's Office are concerned there might be an uptick in heroin usage when something like that happens.

"We just want to put a warning out there," she said.

Gay said the suspected heroin overdose deaths happened in three separate police jurisdictions, showing that heroin and drug usage is not exclusive to one area of the county.

"This is a countywide issue," she said.

York County Coroner Pam Gay looks on from the audience as the first group of panelists speak during a hearing by state lawmakers as they gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting the community, at York County School of Technology in York Township, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.  Dawn J. Sagert photo

So far there have been 50 heroin-overdose deaths in 2016, with another 16 suspected, according to Gay. She said the three from today are included in the suspected category.

Gay said that if an overdose is suspected, call 911 or use Narcan if possible.


York County police officers carry naloxone kits for use in overdoses, and at least 185 overdose victims in York County have been revived using the treatment this year, Gay has said.

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