(WGN) Two people have died and at least 17 others have been hospitalized in a series of drug overdoses Tuesday on the West and Northwest sides.
A 50-year-old man was found dead of an apparent overdose at 6:28 a.m. in the 600 block of North Homan Avenue, according to Chicago police. He was identified as Anthony Shanks, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
About 9:40 a.m., multiple overdoses were reported in the area around Chicago and Homan avenues, police said. About the same time, multiple callers also reported a silver-colored SUV driving around the area selling drugs.
The cause of the overdoses is most likely a mix of heroin and fentanyl, which is 100 times more potent than heroin and can be fatal if not mixed correctly.
An additional overdose was reported on the 5300 block of Northeast River Road near O’Hare.
People who live around the 700 block of North Homan say they’ve seen crime come and go, but the drug trade has lingered for years. All the vacant lots and buildings make it easier for dealers to sell, so they have iron fences around their homes to keep users and sellers out. Combined with the ease of getting on and off the Eisenhower Expressway, the area has become a hotbed for drugs.
Chicago police are still investigating, and there are no arrests yet in this case.
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