By Melinda Munson
“Two deaths within the last 24 hours are under investigation for possible drug overdose…” said Borough Manager Brad Ryan.
According to the Skagway Police, a male resident died of a suspected drug overdose possibly tied to fentanyl on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, another man met the same fate under similar circumstances.
“There was an unfortunate incident Friday night that resulted in the loss of a community member,” read a statement from the Skagway Police Department following the first incident. “While our hearts and prayers go out to those affected, the Skagway Police Department would like to raise awareness in our community of the dangers of fentanyl and other illicit drugs.”
“We are asking the community, our friends and families to please watch out for this danger. In order to battle the drugs that are coming into Skagway, we need your help. If you see something, say something.
We have an anonymous tip line called ‘P3 Tips’ for those who don’t wish to talk in person or be identified.
The Skagway Police Department is committed to working with the community on stopping the drugs coming into town and helping those who struggle with addiction through various resources and education.”
“Skagway Municipal Officials urge residents to dispose of any illegally obtained drugs immediately,” Ryan said. “…In the meantime, check in on your family, friends and neighbors as we navigate this tragedy.”
The Skagway Traditional Council reminds residents to “not flush or throw away illicit drugs in the trash. This could be dangerous for public works, pets and wildlife. There is a disposal box at the clinic and police department.”
This is a developing story. More information will follow as next of kin are notified and the investigations continue.
(This story was last updated 1/16 at 10 p.m.)