Two Pennsylvania Drug Counselors Die Of Opioid Overdoses

Two Pennsylvania drug counselors, who had been charged with helping addicts, instead succumbed to their own addictions when they fatally overdosed on opioids at a recovery center.

Chester County District Attorneys Office
Drug packets and paraphernalia are shown atop the desk of one of the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge counselors who died Sunday.

The facility, Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge, is an unlicensed recovery home in West Brandywine Township. The counselors, who have not been identified beyond their ages, 24 and 33, died Sunday after taking a toxic cocktail of heroin and fentanyl, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

They were found by the other residents, Hogan told NBC News on Thursday. They came over to get their programming and medication and found the bodies.

Baggies stamped with Danger and a skull-and-crossbones logo were found along with needles and other drug paraphernalia on the desk of one of the counselors, according to Hogan. Other baggies filled with a white powder featured a Superman logo.

Chester County District Attorneys Office
Packets of heroin on the desk of one of the counselors who fatally overdosed.

Opioids are a monster that is slowly consuming our population, Hogan said in a press release.

The opioid epidemic has spread across the United States in recent years. In Ohio, a coroner has had to rent extra room for corpsesbecause of the rise in fatal drug overdoses. President Donald Trumps recently proposed budget cuts have been criticized for seeming toignore the epidemic.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf told state lawmakers in September that Pennsylvania faces a public health crisisthe likes of which we have not before seen.

Sundays case is still under investigation, according to the West Brandywine Police Department.

If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example, Hogan said.

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