Police Warning Public of Dangerous Heroin on Portland Streets

2/1/2013 - Portland Police are warning the public of what appears to be dangerously potent heroin being found on Portland Streets. Since December 1, 2012 two Portland men have died from what is thought to be overdoses of heroin. Another eleven people have been treated for non-fatal overdoses that required lifesaving emergency medical treatment. Four of these overdoses have occurred in the past four days.
Information has been developed that suggests exceptionally powerful heroin is being trafficked in the city. We are warning the public about this increased threat. While heroin is never safe to use, there are even greater risks associated with it now.

Police continue to investigate but need the public’s help in identifying the source of the heroin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8533.

If a heroin overdose is suspected please call 911 immediately. Medical treatment must be administered quickly.

To provide information anonymously, community members may contact us by text, internet, or phone.
•Mobile phone users can text the keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES).
•Submit tips by going to the Portland Police Department website: www.portland-police.com and clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.”
•Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department’s Crime Tip line:
207-874-8584.