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Several arrested, one dead, after reports of over a dozen overdoses in southern Indiana

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Michael Purvis (source: Jackson County Jail) Michael Purvis (source: Jackson County Jail)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in southern Indiana have made several arrests after reports of 14 overdoses in the area overnight involving heroin and fentanyl, one of which resulted in a fatality.

Of the 14, we're told 10 took place in Jennings County (between 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday) and four took place in Seymour, Indiana.

Seymour Police have arrested one man they say be connected to the overdoses in that area. According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott, 34-year-old Michael Purvis is now facing several charges of dealing in a controlled substance. He was being held at the Jackson County Jail. 

A post on the police department's Facebook page goes on to say "it was first reported multiple lives had been lost, but due to the relentless efforts of police, fire, EMS, and hospital staff currently only 1 death has been reported."

Abbott says police believe the heroin people were overdosing on is laced with powdered carfentanyl, which is a elephant tranquilizer and that officers had to use at least two doses of Narcan to get people to respond. In one case, they had to administer four doses. 

He says they believe the drugs came out of Cincinnati, which is having similar issues. The department posted a warning about the tainted drugs on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. 

Seymour Police say they are working with the Jennings County Sheriff's Department, and Indiana State Police to find the source of the deadly drugs.

For their part, the Jennings County Sheriff's Department says they responded to 10 overdoses. One of those were taken directly to the hospital. Two of them took place in the Center Township, two took place in the Geneva Township and five took place in the Spencer Township.

Among that number was a 52-year-old North Vernon resident. Authorities say when they responded, she was given Narcan, and deputies attempted to administer CPR, but she was eventually pronounced dead. According to a news release, the Jennings County Sheriff's Office does not know the exact cause of death at this time.

Additionally, we're told the sheriff's department administered Narcan to one 16-year-old male, one 16-year-old female and one 17-year-old male. They were taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, treated and released.

Four people were arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to a news release. They include: 23-year-old Jarvie Williams III (who is also charged with possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia), 25-year-old Damon Clark (who is also charged with possession of paraphernalia), 18-year-old Caleb Barton and 21-year-old Devin R. Fear. 

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