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3 men dead in apartment, drugs believed cause

August 5, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The bodies of three men were found Monday in a Worcester apartment, and police said their deaths appear to be related to drug activity, not foul play.

A worker who came to perform scheduled maintenance found the bodies. The worker knocked on the door several times, and entered with a master key when he got no response, police said.

When he opened the door, the worker found two of the men unresponsive at the front of the apartment, police said. The worker’s supervisor called for emergency help.

Police and paramedics who arrived around 2:40 p.m. also found a third unresponsive man at the rear of the apartment on Outlook Drive in the Washington Heights Community.

All three men were dead at the scene. Police said the men’s names aren’t being released until their relatives are notified.

“Investigators believe at this time that this incident appears to be drug related, although the exact cause of death will not be determined until toxicology reports are completed,” police said. They are continuing to investigate.

Police did not give details about what type of drug appeared to be involved.

Massachusetts, like other states, has been battling an increase in heroin overdoses and opioid addiction that led Gov. Deval Patrick to declare the epidemic a public health emergency. Legislators recently passed a bill with several measures to address the problem.

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