DELMAR — The Bethlehem Police Department is investigating two fatal suspected drug overdoses that occurred within the last twenty-four hours.
In separate incidents, a 40-year-old female and a 24-year-old male were determined to have fatally overdosed on a suspected combination of heroin and fentanyl. The first of the two victims was found dead on Friday, July 31, followed by the other the following day. Investigations into both cases are ongoing.
“The Bethlehem Police Department recognizes that many people are going through difficult times with the recent pandemic,” said Commander Adam Hornick in a statement issued Saturday, “and [we] want to ensure that people know there is substance abuse help available.”
Bethlehem police also remind people that Good Samaritan laws protect those using controlled substances that are in need of medical help. If you, or someone you are with, is using controlled substances and in need of medical help, New York State Good Samaritan laws shield the user and caller from prosecution for drug possession and use offenses. The important message is to call for help, the help is available.
The Bethlehem Police Department is dedicated to working with our community partners and our partners in law enforcement to prevent drug-related fatalities. We will fully investigate these cases with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.
Bethlehem Police are requesting that anyone with information in regards to these cases contact us at 518-439-9973. Anonymous drug tips may be sent to [email protected] or to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at 1-833-ALB-TIPS or by submitting a tip online at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com, or by downloading the free P3 Tips app.