In the past week, the Salina Police Department and Salina Fire Department have responded to nine reports of drug overdoses, which is highly unusual for our city. The investigations suggest that all of the incidents are related to methamphetamine, possibly mixed with another substance.
The Police Department has reason to believe that two recent deaths may be connected to the use of illegal drugs and at least five other incidents have resulted in the persons being taken to the emergency room. For these reasons, the Salina Police Department and the Salina Fire Department are issuing this public safety announcement.
The use of illegal narcotics regularly produces negative consequences. The Salina Police Department and Salina Fire Department believes the aforementioned incidents represent a heightened public health risk to some members of the community and requests the public's assistance in responding to this risk.
Due to the spike in overdoses, the Salina Police Department and Salina Fire Department are alerting people to the danger and asking community members to take the following steps:
- Call 911 immediately if they or someone they know is experiencing an overdose;
- Share this information with anyone they know who uses illegal narcotics, specifically methamphetamine; and
- Seek help for addiction through a chemical dependency treatment center
If you have information about the sale, possession, or use of these dangerous drugs please call the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210 or in an emergency 911. You can also anonymously provide information through the Salina-Saline County Crime Stoppers program at (785) 825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.pd.salina.org and follow the Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip.