City police provide update on suspected overdoses; Health system makes comment


HAGERSTOWN, Maryland – Hagerstown Police have responded for eight suspected overdoses over the past 24 hours, according to Hagerstown Police Department spokeswoman Heather Aleshire.

“These overdoses are (from) a host of different things including alcohol, pills and heroin,” Aleshire said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Early Wednesday morning Community Rescue Service, the emergency medical service that covers Hagerstown and the surrounding communities posted to their Facebook “as of last count, 18 overdoses so far today for MMC ER.”

“Overdose cases are not among our mandatory reporting stats,” Joelle Butler, media and communications coordinator for Meritus Health wrote in a message. “I can’t offer you anything specific.”

The post has been deleted from Community Rescue Services Facebook page.

Updated 1:18 p.m.

Todd Bowman is a senior writer for and can be followed on Twitter @todd_bowman87. For live and up-to-the-minute coverage follow Shock-Advised on Twitter and Facebook @ShockAdviseNEWS.


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