Man arrested after a more than dozen heroin overdoses in Jennings County; 1 person dead

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JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. – One person died after a dozen people overdosed on heroin in the span of a few hours in Jennings County Tuesday, police say.

Officers from the Seymour Police Department in neighboring Jackson County said they responded to multiple overdoses and used Narcan to save the lives of those who’d overdosed. Many of those affected by the overdoses went to Schneck Medical Center for evaluation.

One of the 12 overdoses proved fatal. Police said fire, EMS and hospital staff responded to the overdoses between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators believe they traced the source of the heroin to 34-year-old Seymour resident Michael Purvis, who has been arrested on multiple counts of dealing in a controlled substance.

Tuesday night, Seymour police sent an alert out on Facebook that said heroin laced with fentanyl was responsible for the overdoses.

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