Police source: CCSU student dies of heroin overdose


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police sources say a Central Connecticut State University student has died of a heroin overdose. The school and university police are being tight-lipped, but students had a lot to say.

“One of my teammates lives in Carroll and saw the kid run out and say his roommate was unconscious,” said student Connor Murphy. “I’ve been at parties and seen cocaine use, marijuana, never heroin.”

Outside police agencies say there have been four heroin overdoses in the Greater Hartford area within two weeks: Bristol, Vernon, East Hartford, and this one in New Britain. Police say the Greater Hartford area is becoming the hot spot to buy heroin. They say people are traveling from out of state to buy it cheap here. Police made a big heroin bust in Hartford just last week, but it didn’t even make a dent in the supply.

“Heroin is really a life-ruining drug,” said Murhpy. “It’s weird. I don’t understand why anyone would do it, but it was a shock to hear about it.”

All the university will confirm is that a student died. An email sent to students says his name and the date of death, Friday, April 10, but makes no mention of how or where he died.

“I talked with a lot of people and they are concerned about it,” said Daniel Guerrera.

“Do you think there’s enough awareness about it?” we asked.

“I didn’t hear anything about it,” said Guerrera. “I didn’t even know there was a heroin problem to begin with.”

Emily Stange says she didn’t know the person who died, but feels sad for his family and friends about the circumstances surrounding his death.

“You have to realize that there’s resources out there for you,” said Stange. “You just can’t ignore them because they are available all over the state and all over our schools.”

Students say they’re hoping that this tragedy will bring more awareness to what police are calling a very serious problem.

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