PIQUA — Six overdose victims from the 45356 zip code were treated in emergency departments between midnight and early Thursday morning, according to information supplied to the Piqua Police Department from the Piqua Health Department.
As a result of these incidents, the Piqua Police Department in turn issued a “Suspicious Substance Surrender — No Questions Asked” message informing Piqua residents that if they have any “suspicious substance in their possession that could lead to a life-threatening ingestion,” the authorities will come to their location and take the substance for safe disposal.
“We will not ask for your identity or inquire about your intentions for possessing it,” the statement reads. “We will not ask how you came to possess it.”
According to Chief of Police Bruce Jamison, “We remain committed to holding individuals accountable for illegal drug trafficking and possession. But we also want to divert as much as these deadly drugs off the street as we can, even if it’s not part of a criminal case.”
Drug-dependent residents in need of help are encouraged to contact the Piqua Police Department even if they are not currently holding a suspicious substance. The department advises these individuals to ask the responding officer about The HEART — the Heroin Education and Addiction Recovery Team.
Part of the PROTECT Recovery program, The HEART includes various volunteers and professionals who want to remove barriers to successful recovery and serve as mentors to those seeking help. The team also includes addicts who have experienced success in recovery, and can share their experiences directly with those identified through this program.