Two drug counselors died after overdosing at an addiction facility in Chester County, Pennsylvania. “When it is the counselors at the halfway house who are overdosing and dying, that makes this a frightening and sobering experience for everyone,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan in a CBS affiliate report. He said he has seen an increase of overdose deaths from halfway houses in general.The two male counselors were found unresponsive in separate bedrooms of Freedom Recovery in West Brandywine on Sunday. Police administered naloxone but were unable to revive the men. One counselor was 33. The other turned 25 the day he was found dead. Their names have not been released.
The counselors' duties included keeping medications under lock-and-key, according to ABC News. Six men in recovery lived at the home, in addition to the two deceased counselors
“These poor folks who were working through their own recovery now also have to deal with the fact that their own counselors died and couldn’t fight off that addiction,” said Hogan in the CBS affiliate report.
Baggies stamped with a Superman logo, a danger sign, and skull and crossbones were found in the counselors’ rooms. Preliminary tests showed that the heroin consumed was laced with fentanyl.