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Heroin overdose reported in Dewey

34-year old man not local, police say
July 27, 2020

Dewey Beach Police say a 34-year-old man died of an apparent heroin overdose July 24.

Sgt. Cliff Dempsey said the man was living temporarily in the upstairs apartment of Dewey Beach Convenience at the corner of Coastal Highway and Dagsworthy Avenue while completing work on the retail unit. He was found that afternoon by friends, Dempsey said.

“He was not a Dewey Beach resident,” Dempsey said. “Dewey Beach is not a heroin town; Dewey is a party town.”

Dempsey said the town sees maybe a handful of overdoses each year, and that fatalities are rare. When drugs are involved, it’s typically marijuana or cocaine, he added.

“We see very little heroin,” he said. “Usually, it’s people who work in the town and leave. There is not a heroin culture in Dewey Beach. We have found that over the years, and it’s a blessing for us. There are no open-air drug markets, and burglaries are not typically related to drugs.”

Dempsey said he could not release the man’s name.

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