Rash of overdoses under investigation

A rash of at least 10 overdoses and one death in the Bloomington area is being investigated by the Bloomington Police Department.

Ten people were hospitalized and one woman died in a 24-hour period over Wednesday and Thursday, said Steve Kellams, the captain of the BPD.

The BPD responded to the fatality on South Rockport Road at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, said Kellams.

The overdoses have been preliminarily connected to a tan-colored heroin and spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, according to a BPD press release.

No arrests have been made in connection with the overdoses. However, one man has been arrested on preliminary charges of dealing spice, said Kellams. The arrest occurred during investigations of the overdoses but was unrelated to that case.

Investigators continue to search for the source of the drugs locally.

This rash of overdoses comes after a fatal heroin overdose and three arrests connected to dealing heroin in February.

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