PD: Newtown police arrest 20-year-old in connection with a juvenile's fentanyl overdose

First responders revived teen with Narcan
PD: Newtown teen overdosed on fentanyl
Posted at 10:43 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 11:25:16-04

CINCINNATI -- Newtown police arrested a 20-year-old in connection with a juvenile overdosing on heroin mixed with fentanyl, police said. 

First responders revived a 17-year-old with Narcan after the teen overdosed on heroin mixed with fentanyl on June 21, police said. Police said the teenager didn’t know the drug was mixed with fentanyl. 

Newtown police arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Ray Miller Jr. He faces charges of corrupting another with drugs, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan said in a news release that “there is much that is disheartening with this incident.” 

“It is our hope that both involved in this incident can use this negative experience as a chance to turn their young lives into positive changes,” Synan said in a news release.

Synan also thanked the officers, Anderson Township Fire Department, Hamilton County Heroin Coalition and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force.

In Hamilton County alone, fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, was a factor in the deaths of 344 people in 2015, according to the Hamilton County coroner's office.

Fentanyl is cheap to make; it’s synthetic and profit margins are high for dealers.