Scottville man dies of apparent heroin overdose; third death this month.

May 22, 2018

Scottville man dies of apparent heroin overdose; third death this month.

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — A 31-year-old Scottville man died today of an apparent heroin overdose at 901 St. Catherine St., according to Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett. It is the third death in the City of Ludington this month. 

The first death occurred at 307 E. Melendy St. on May 11 when a 24-year-old Ludington man died. The second occurred at 110 N. Washington Ave. on May 12 when a 34-year-old Ludington man died.

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“Preliminary investigation indicates that all three deaths are related to heroin overdoses,” Barnett said. “The heroin in these deaths is thought to have been obtained from outside the area and brought into Ludington and then used by these individuals. Assistance is being sought to determine the source of the heroin that caused these unfortunate deaths.”

Barnett said Ludington Police Department and the State Sheriff’s Chief’s Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) are investigating the deaths and the source of the heroin.

“The City of Ludington, like cities across the state and nation, is experiencing a huge surge in the use of heroin,” Barnett said. “While the reasons for this reality may vary by location, the solution is universal. Individuals within each community must band together and take action. We must educate ourselves and our children in prevention, we must provide opportunities for treatment and we must continue vigorous enforcement.”

Anyone with information about any of the deaths are encouraged to contact the SSCENT office at 231-843-7045 or LPD Det. Aaron Sailor at 231-843-3425.

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