1 dead, at least 14 hospitalized with drug overdoses on West Side

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CHICAGO — One person was found dead and more than a dozen others hospitalized with suspected drug overdoses on the West Side Tuesday morning.

According to police, one person was found dead of a possible overdose early Tuesday. As the morning went on, first responders tended to more than a dozen other reported overdoses, all near the 700 block of North Homan Avenue in East Garfield Park.

Five people dropped on the corner of Homan and Chicago. An officer had to use Narcan to revive two people from potentially fatal overdoses, according to police. The victims were all taken to local hospitals, including Norwegian American Hospital, Saint Mary Hospital, West Suburban Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Police say witnesses reported someone in a silver sedan distributing drugs around the corner of Homan and Chicago Tuesday morning, near where many of the victims were found. 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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