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One dies, four overdose from drugs in 12-hour spike in Wood River

One person died and four more overdosed in Wood River in the past 12 hours, police there say.

A substance taken from one of the scenes was identified as a mix of cocaine and fentanyl, which police say can be deadly if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

“We want people to be aware this mixture ... is out here,” Wood River Deputy Chief Dan Bunt said in a news release.

Police responded to the first two overdoses at 12 a.m. A 21-year-old woman and 24-year-old man were found unresponsive and taken to the Alton Memorial Hospital after emergency workers applied Narcan, the overdose reversal drug.

Two hours later, police responded to a house where a 36-year-old man had overdosed. He was also taken to Alton Memorial Hospital.

At 10 a.m., a 28-year-old man was found to have possibly overdosed in a vehicle, but when police and firefighters got there, they found he was dead.

And at 1:50 p.m., police again administered Narcan, this time to a 27-year-old man who’d been involved in a traffic accident. He was also taken to Alton Memorial Hospital.

Other police and fire departments have been told of the spike in overdoses, Wood River police said.

Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Todd Ballard said Thursday evening that he hadn’t heard whether anyone taken to the Alton hospital later died.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel