WJOL has confirmed another drug overdose death in the city of Joliet. On Wednesday, September 25th, at 8:59 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of St. Jude in reference to a welfare check. Officers located a 60 year old male who was deceased inside the residence. There were no signs of foul play and at this time is being treated as a suspected drug overdose. A white powdery residue was recovered near the victim. The Will County Coroner’s Office plans on performing an autopsy to determine cause of death.
It was at 10:41 AM on Thursday that officers responded to a call in the 400 block of Larkin Avenue in response to an unconscious male. Upon arrival officers discovered a 57-year-old man unconscious in a hotel room. The individual was transported to the hospital where they were later pronounced deceased. Joliet Police do not expect foul play and are treating this death as a suspected drug overdose, as a white powdery substance was recovered from the hotel room.
This brings the total number of overdose deaths in the Will County area from cocaine laced with fentanyl to six in the last week, with five deaths coming from Joliet and one additional death reported in Lockport. WJOL has also learned that there have been a total of eight overdoses within the city of Joliet. That number combined with the 14 overdoses reported by HIDTA – the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area brings the total number of overdoses in the Will County area to possibly 22 as Joliet is not a part of the high intensity drug trafficking area program.
A reminder for those addicted to drugs and want to find a better way of life, you can take advantage of the Operation Safe Passage at various Will County police departments. Drop off your illegal drugs, no questions asked and they will help get you to a treatment facility. Participating police departments include, Lockport, Romeoville, Mokena and Lemont stations to name a few.
To hear the entire interview with Lockport Police Chief Lemming about the recent string of overdoses please click below.