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Five overdose at Grand Rapids hotel

One person died; four others hospitalized

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is investigating why five people from out of town overdosed at a hotel in Cascade Township earlier this week.

According to police, they were called on Monday to a hotel in the 5400 block of 28th St SE, where five people were found unresponsive inside a hotel room.  Naloxone (Narcan) was administered to all five people and CPR was performed on two patients.  

A 32-year-old female from Florida was pronounced deceased at the scene. Four others were transported to area hospitals for further treatment and were reported in stable condition.  

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said preliminary findings point to this being a drug overdose-related event and several of the individuals involved were in from out of state on business.  KCSO detectives are working on details of what led up to the event and the final cause of death will be pending the Kent County Medical Examiners’ final report.  There is no foul play suspected other than the use of illicit drugs.     

Sgt. Eric Brunner, with the KCSO, said they cannot yet give out information concerning what type of drugs were used, or whether they were bought in Kent County. But he did tell us what often causes an overdose. 

“Common drugs of concern are heroin and fentanyl. Often times users have to use more and more drugs to achieve the first high.  Therefore, they end up overdosing. They also will overdose if something else like fentanyl is cut in with the cocaine or heroin,” he explained.

If you have information that could help to move the investigation forward, please call the KCSO at 616-632-6125, or call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report information safely and anonymously.

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