Two Burlington residents die from drug overdoses

Jan 12 2021, 5:56 PM

Two women who lived in the same Burlington building died of apparent drug overdoses Tuesday morning. 

Burlington police said they received 911 calls about a potential overdose at 9:42 Tuesday morning, and found a 28-year-old woman had died in a first-floor apartment. 

After people at the scene told police they had concerns about another woman in the building, police found a 37-year-old woman unconscious in a second-floor apartment. Police administered naloxone, a medication that can reverse narcotic overdoses, and tried to revive her. The Burlington Fire Department arrived thereafter and also tried resuscitation, however, they were not successful.

The women were living in a home that’s a transition program for people being supervised by the Department of Corrections. Police said they are investigating the source of the narcotics that they believe caused the overdoses, and believe the drugs came from a single source.

Police ask anyone with information about the overdose cases to call Detective Tom Chenette at 802-658-2704.

— Grace Elletson 


Cate Chant

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Cate Chant is a news editor at VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.

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