Another possible drug overdose death being investigated, this one in Gilford

GILFORD — Police are investigating what could be the second drug-related death in town and fifth in the Lakes Region this year.

Police said Adam P. Andrews, 30, formerly of 9 Sergeant Place #66 died sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

"There is reason to believe this is a drug overdose and will be handled as such," said Det. Sgt. Christopher Jacques, yesterday.

He said Gilford Police and Fire Rescue personnel were called at 1:22 a.m. to the home for a report of man who was not conscious and not breathing. He said the caller noted that blood was coming from the victim's mouth and CPR was in progress.

Jacques said he couldn't comment on any other specifics regarding Andrews' death but said as a matter of policy all unexpected or unattended deaths are investigated.

He said detectives were called to the home that night by the responding officers.

Jacques said an autopsy has been completed by the N.H. Medical Examiner's Office, however the toxicology tests that will identify the cause of death could take six to eight weeks to complete.

So far this year, two people in Laconia have died from apparent drug overdoses — including one last month. Last week, Meredith Police charged a local man for selling heroin to a Moultonborough resident who died from a heroin overdose while he was in Meredith.

The most recent death of 20-year-old Lance Reason in Laconia triggered Police Chief Chris Adams to issue a bulletin about the recent spate of heroin use in Laconia. Police in surrounding communities echoed Adams by saying they have also seen an uptick in the use of what is fairly powerful heroin in the area.