Ashland police have received lab results confirming that heroin had been used by two Ashland men who were found dead just 24 hours apart on Dec. 3 and 4.
"We can confirm that heroin was associated in the deaths," Ashland police Deputy Chief Corey Falls said.
Heroin was found in the body of 36-year-old Colin McKean, who was found by a family member in his home on Dec. 3, and heroin, methamphetamine and alcohol were found in the body of 34-year-old Jordan Roth, who was found by a family friend on Dec. 4, according to Falls. Police are still investigating the cases, but the investigation is likely nearing a close, Falls said.
Local drug investigators say that heoin use has been on the upswing following efforts to crack down on the availability of prescription pain pills.