CONNERSVILLE, IN (FOX19) - An Indiana community came together Thursday to address an alarming heroin problem.
Connersville, Ind. experienced 20 overdoses in 20 days, five of which were fatal. After this recent spike, there is speculation that the heroin supply has been mixed with drain cleaner or rat poison.
Kelly Robinson, a resident of Connersville, helped organize a town hall meeting about the growing issue Thursday just one month after her nephew Andrew died from an overdose. About 175 people showed up to the event.
Connersville Police also announced Thursday that five drug arrests were made.
According to police reports, officers arrested Charles Simpson and Shaina Newsome after they found hypodermic needles on the pair during a parolee visit. During that arrest, officers were informed of a heroin transaction witnessed at a home in the 600 block of W. 35th Street.
When police followed up on that lead, they arrested Aaron Ervin, Kevin Strong and Kea Ervin on drug charges for drug paraphernalia found in the home.
It is unknown if any of the suspects were connected to the bad heroin.
Police Chief David Counceller said he recognizes the numbers are alarming but says it's a multi-faceted problem. He said the city just doesn't have enough resources to hire more officers. On top of that, citizens are not reporting illegal activity often enough.
The Chief also said that the drugs are likely coming from out of state, which makes tracking dealers more difficult.