AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Maine State Police are warning about a sharp increase in overdose deaths, specifically in Aroostook County, following the arrest of a Presque Isle woman suspected of dealing drugs that lead to a fatal overdose.
On Dec. 1, 36-year-old Melissa Carney was arrested by Maine State Police after being indicted for aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs resulting in death.
Maine State police say the arrest is in connection with the death of a Mapleton man back in October, which the medical examiner later ruled was the result of an overdose of heroin and fentanyl.
They say in recent weeks troopers have assisted on a rising number of medical calls throughout the County and have also assisted with more investigations related to fatal overdoses.
They are currently investigating five overdose deaths that have occurred since the beginning of November.
They said in a statement, “Drug addiction is a serious problem in the county and statewide, and affects all of us and tears apart families. If you know of someone struggling with addiction, there are services out there for them to help…Please make that call or help direct them before it’s too late.”
They offered the following resources for help with addiction:
AMHC Access Center 1 800 244 6431
Drug Activity Tips Maine State Police 207 532 5400
Aroostoock County Crime Stoppers 1 800 638 8477