2 addiction counselors at Pa. halfway house die of drug overdose

The Associated Press

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses.

This Sunday, May 21, 2017, photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office in West Chester, Pa., shows opioid drug packets, a syringe and other belongings found by law enforcement personnel in an addiction counselor's bedroom at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge, a suburban Philadelphia halfway house in West Brandywine Township, Pa. Two men working as addiction counselors at the halfway house died of opioid overdoses inside the facility and were found by residents on Sunday, authorities announced Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Chester County District Attorney's Office via AP)

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, “If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example.”

Emergency responders were called to Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge on Sunday after residents found the counselors unresponsive in separate bedrooms.

Residents tried to revive one of the counselors with naloxone but were unsuccessful and called 911.

The men lived at the home as on-site counselors with six male residents. Police say their duties included organizing daily activities and keeping medications under lock-and-key.

They died at the scene.

Baggies stamped with a Superman logo and “danger” logo were found in their rooms and tested positive for heroin and fentanyl.