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Posted on: December 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Police remind citizens of risks of illegal drug use

The Danville Police Department is investigating two likely unintentional overdose deaths today and are reminding the public of the deadly risks of illegal drug use while offering access to help for those fighting addiction.

On December 11, 2022, the Danville Police Department responded to and is now investigating two reported death incidents which are suspected of being the result of unintentional drug overdoses.

As a response to these overdose deaths, the Danville Police Department would like to remind the public of the dangers of using illegal substances including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, Fentanyl, and unknown pills, as well as what may appear to be prescription pills. The police department’s Special Investigations Section has seized drugs in the recent past with an increase in the presence of Fentanyl mixtures, as well as pure Fentanyl.  Fentanyl has been found in a mixture with other drugs sold as cocaine, heroin, pills, and is an extremely toxic substance. 

The Centers for Disease Control advises that Fentanyl can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure/ingestion, or skin contact.  It can also be administered intravenously (IV), intramuscularly (IM), or as a skin patch.

All illegal drugs carry a high risk of overdose or death and the police department understands the serious threats associated with being the victim of addiction of all types. Although the exact mixture and source of today’s overdoses is still being investigated, the deaths are a serious reminder of the unknown content when purchasing, ingesting, or even being present around suspected illegal drugs.  We would like to remind anyone suffering from addiction that the Danville Police Department will help connect you with treatment services to battle the disease. Requesting that help can be done without any fear of criminal prosecution. 

If you or someone you know needs help or has information on illegal deadly drugs in the City of Danville they wish to share, please contact the Danville Police Department through any platform. The platforms include calling patrol at 799-6510, investigations at 799-6508, calling 911, contacting Crime stoppers at 434-793-0000, approach any officer you see, through social media, via email , or use our crime tips app CARE at . Information leading to arrest or convictions may be eligible for a cash reward. 

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