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Torrington police respond to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, in single day

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen on Jan. 3 and was written by Ben Lambert

TORRINGTON >> The Torrington Police Department responded to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, last Thursday, Lieutenant Bart Barown said Tuesday.

According to Barown, officers were dispatched to 33 Prospect Street — listed online as the address of Key Recovery Communities — at 6:53 a.m. to respond to a reported overdose.

Once there, they found Alycia Cimino, 29, of Massapequa, N.Y., who was determined to be unresponsive, then transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where she later died.

At 8:19 a.m., he said, police were then dispatched to 615 South Main Street for another reported fatal overdose.

Kaitlyn Knapp, 21, of Danbury, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

The two incidents are believed to be connected, according to Barown, because the women knew one another.

“The victims were acquaintances,” said Barown.

Whether either death was connected to a drug or caused by an overdose has not yet been determined, Barown said, as toxicology reports from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner have not been released.

The reports are expected in four to six weeks, he said.

He said he was unsure whether naloxone, a medication that reverses opiate overdoses carried by both Torrington and Winsted police, among others, had been administered to either individual.

Cimino is said to have passed away from the “disease of addiction” in a Massapequa obituary, which reads, in part, that she “will be missed by her entire family.”

The Danbury News-Times reported Monday that Knapp died as the result of a heroin overdose.

“She fought hard and battled her demons of this heroin epidemic playing Russian roulette on the heroin battlefield. Once on heroin’s battlefield, it is so hard to find your way out,” reads an obituary for Knapp. “She was so much more than a warrior though. She was a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a friend. As beautiful as she was on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside.”

A 28-year-old woman was also found unresponsive at the Stop & Shop location at 118 High Street on Thursday, Dec. 29, Barown said.

She was revived by Campion Ambulance and the Torrington Fire Department, then sent to and released from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital later that day.

The department has not responded to any fatal overdose reports since Dec. 29, he said Tuesday.

The deaths remain under investigation. The public is asked to call the Torrington Police Department at 860-489-2000 to provide information.

One thought on “Torrington police respond to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, in single day

  1. Someone should investigate the homes owned by two men involved in many other sober homes in Torrington. It seems the address given on Prospect Street is another of their houses under a new name. Something they seem to do often, change names of the LLC’s owning these homes.
    Why is it that not much attention is given to all the deaths at their residences? Something is very wrong when this happens over and over yet no one is held accountable. The police- no help. Indeed the law enforcement in Torrington still does not understand substance use disorder as a disease. Instead they morally judge those who have died or are suffering; As if the CT police know better than the ONDCP and Surgeon General of the United States. Absurd.
    In the meantime the lack of action taken, continues to allow other scrupulous home owners to make money from those struggling with this disease. Torrington CT it is well past time to step up and protect the people in recovery~ not those out to make a dollar from them. Look into your sober homes, not what they promise and the slick “we understand and want to help” ads, but, look at the truth. FL is a good example of what can be done to make change. Your community is a ticking time bomb for people who seek stability in a sober home and instead find anything but. When your ready to leave denial behind and your actions will saves precious lives. What are you waiting for?

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