“Reach out for help” for heroin addiction, says Ithaca Police chief

The Ithaca Police Department says they’ve “responded to eight calls” in recent days involving suspected heroin overdose, including one death. Police chief John R. Barber urges people to seek help.

IPD police chief John R. Barber. 14850 file photo.

“If you are addicted to heroin or if you know someone is addicted to heroin, please reach out for help,” the outgoing police chief said in a statement. “There are a multitude of addiction recovery services in the Ithaca area that can and will help you,” he says.

Police say the eight calls over the last two weeks involved “people suspected of having overdosed on heroin, including one death where the possibility that the person overdosed on heroin is being explored.”

IPD says they are looking into the possibility that the eight cases are related, but “it is too early to draw any conclusions.”

Mayor Svante Myrick chimed in as well, saying, “If you or someone you know needs help please reach out today. Call 211 to be connected to resources that can save your life.” The mayor added in a Facebook post, “If you know of anyone dealing heroin please call IPD anonymously at 607-330-0000.”

Barber’s statement asks Ithaca area residents to contact IPD “if you have information that would aid police in investigating the sale or use of heroin.” Reach them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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