Local woman believed to have died from opiate overdose this morning

Bartholomew County had two heroin overdose cases, including a fatality, within 24 hours of the kickoff event for the new community initiative aimed at addressing Bartholomew County’s opiate addiction epidemic.

The Bartholomew County Coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday that a 33-year-old Jewel Village woman died from a polydrug overdose after first responders were sent to her home in the 500 block of Patterson Road at 9:33 a.m.

Bartholomew County Deputy Coroner Jay Frederick said initial testing showed the woman tested positive for opiates, but toxicology testing is being done to determine specifically what drugs were in her system at the time of her death.

The woman is the 10th drug overdose fatality this year, Frederick, said, with four of those confirmed as heroin overdoses. Two of the fatal overdoses have not been classified yet as toxicology tests are pending to determine what type of drug was involved, he said.

In addition to the woman’s death, an unidentified man who is believed to have overdosed while in a car at a Taylorsville gas station received four doses of opiate-antidote naloxone before being transported to Columbus Regional Hospital on Tuesday night.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a possible overdose at a gas station in Taylorsville in the 11000 block of North U.S. 31 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, deputies said.

The male was in the driver’s seat and keys were in the car ignition, deputies said. The multiple doses of the antidote had little effect and the man’s condition today is unknown, deputies said.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.