Bath woman's death believed result of drug overdose

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BATH — Police responded Wednesday morning to the city’s second death in two weeks by an apparent drug overdose.

They said they received a call at 8:34 a.m. from a relative who found a 68-year-old woman dead at her 44 Court St. home. Lt. Stan Cielinski declined to identify the woman.

“Right now we suspect it’s an overdose of prescription drugs,” he said, noting that the state medical examiner’s office would be investigating.

The ME’s office is also looking into the death of 35-year-old Sean Duffy, who lived and worked in the Bath area and whose body was discovered Jan. 14 at the Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St. Preliminary indications were that Duffy died of an overdose caused by illegally obtained prescription drugs.

Cielinski said police believe the woman found Wednesday may have overdosed on drugs prescribed for her.

“We know we have a lot of prescription drug abuse, not only in Maine but nationwide,” Cielinski said. “We put that message out with our last death, not knowing that we were going to have another one so soon. I think that kind of highlights how serious the problem is in our area.”

He said the department encourages people seeking information or help with addiction to call Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center at 1-800-244-3805.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.