Goldsboro police: Tainted drugs lead to rise in overdose deaths

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) -Goldsboro police are investigating four deaths in as many days and say tainted drugs may be to blame in some if not all of them.

The police department says, “In recent days, our community has seen a rise in overdoses and deaths related to tainted drugs. Substances like heroin and methamphetamine are being laced with potent and dangerous additives, such as fentanyl, putting users at a higher risk of overdose and death.”

Monday afternoon police say they were called to a home in the 600 block of Isler Street around 10:30 a.m. They say a person came home to find 47-year-old Eboni Jackson dead at the home.

No foul play is suspected in Jackson’s death, but police continue to investigate her death.

On Friday, police found a man’s body near I-795 and West Ash Street, then on Saturday they found another man dead at a hotel along U.S. 70. Yesterday, police discovered a woman’s body in the woods off Royall Avenue.

The police department goes on to says, “It’s crucial to be aware of these risks and take precautions. Please be mindful to never use alone, and carry naloxone (Narcan) if possible. Seek help from local resources or healthcare professionals for support with substance use. Your safety and well-being are paramount.”