Possible charges in alleged overdose


A 25-year-old man who police said is suspected of overdosing on heroin could face criminal charges.

Early Saturday morning, an ambulance was called for a Steamboat Springs man who reportedly was unconscious and not breathing, Steamboat Springs Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Friends took the man, who lived in the 1800 block of Hunter's Drive, to Yampa Valley Medical Center. When police arrived at the hospital, the man's landlord told police she heard the man had been using heroin and Xanax.

At the hospital, Fiebing said, the man admitted to using heroin Friday night.

The landlord consented to a search of the house, where police said they found needles, a spoon, brown residue on the floor and plastic containers containing what was thought to be heroin residue in the man's bedroom, Fiebing said.

The police are waiting for tests to come back on the residue before pursuing charges. Fiebing said the man could be charged with unlawful possession of a Schedule I substance, a Class 3 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a petty offense.


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