The Waterbury Police Department sent out a warning: Be on the lookout for white heroin bags stamped with “This or That” in red ink.

Police say those bags have been associated with numerous overdoses in the city in the last few days. 

You don’t have to tell that to the men and women who work at AMR Ambulance. They’ve seen it firsthand because they’ve been responding to more and more emergency calls because of heroin overdoses — especially last weekend. 

“It was very bad,” said Jim Whiteside, a paramedic with AMR Ambulance. “We had several incidents of multiple overdoses and several people who have just fall out on the street.”

Jim says he, personally, responded to four heroin overdoses last weekend, including a dangerous and bizarre call Saturday night.

“Saturday night we had an incident where there were four people in one car and all of them had overdosed and all four of them were not breathing and it was probably the same batch.”

Jim says he saw those white bags lying next to some of those who overdosed.

“There’s something going on,” Jim said. “There’s a bad batch of narcotics in the area at this point in  time. It concerns me a lot because we don’t want to see people dying on the streets.

Original Story: Waterbury police warn of suspected heroin bags linked to recent overdoses

Fortunately, so far, at the time of this report, there are no reports of anyone dying in the last 72 hours. That’s thanks in large part to the work first responders — like the ones at AMR — do responding to these calls and administering Narcan to overdose victims. 

It makes them feel good knowing they’re keeping people alive, but it also takes a toll. 

“It makes me sad to know that somebody would possibly be dying from using the heroin and just gotta work quickly to get them to breathe again,” Jim said.

“It’s exhausting,” said Anthony Sovia, an AMR paramedic. “We try to get these people the help that they need, the help they deserve, but the way things are going and how addictive this drug can be, it is very tough to get a handle on.”

Anthony says it grips people from all walks of life and all different backgrounds.

From the dangers they’ve seen on the streets, the workers at AMR are glad the police department put out the warning about the heroin bags. They want to win this fight against drugs. But, they admit, it’s a tough battle.

“It strikes us as heartache, frustration,” he said. “It’s saddening to watch. We do our best, but there’s only so much we can do.”

Police say if you see one of these heroin bags, do not touch it. Call police immediately so they can remove it and more importantly — get it off the streets where it can’t harm anyone else.