The 22-year-old woman who died Friday from a heroin overdose has been identified as Courtney Kish, of Columbia, according to the St. Clair County coroner’s office.
Kish was among three female heroin overdose patients in an 11-hour period in Fairview Heights on Friday.
According to a Fairview Heights Police Department statement, the first call came out at 3:46 a.m. for a report of a 22-year-old woman unconscious and not breathing on the floor of a home in the 9800 block of Old Lincoln Trail. Police attempted to revive the woman, who was later identified as Kish, before ambulance crews arrived.
Kish was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Kim Evans, Kish’s mother, confirmed her daughter was a Columbia High School graduate and had attended some college classes.
Visitation for Kish is set to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Braun Family Funeral Home, 265 Quarry Road, Columbia. A memorial service is set to start at 7 p.m.
At 11:30 a.m., Friday, Fairview Heights officers responded to a home on Catherine Drive for a report of a 19-year-old woman who was unconscious and not breathing. Officers again rendered aid until an ambulance crew arrived. Police later learned the ambulance crew administered Narcan, a heroin antidote, to revive the woman. She was last reported to be awake and coherent at a hospital.
Officers received a third call at 2:55 p.m. for a report of a 27-year-old woman who was unconscious with labored breathing in the bathroom of a business in the 10800 block of Lincoln Trail. Arriving officers administered oxygen to the woman, whose condition gradually improved. She was awake and talking when ambulance crews arrived.
Police said there’s no evidence to suggest the three incidents are connected, but urged the public to contact them at 618-489-2130 if they have any information.
Heroin deaths continue to plague the metro-east. In 2015 there were at least 54 heroin-related deaths in Madison and St. Clair counties.