New England Police Warn of Deadly ‘Game of Thrones’ Heroin

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NEW HAMPSHIRE (CHICAGO 5) – A particularly lethal strain of heroin labeled “Game of Thrones” is circulating in northern New England, where officials say at least 10 people overdosed on the highly potent drug over the weekend.

A 32-year-old man in Lebanon, New Hampshire, had to be revived Friday night with Narcan, an opioid-reversal medication, after an overdose. On Monday, police arrested 30-year-old Brock Richardson of Enfield on charges of possession with intent to distribute and with the sale of heroin.

Brock Richardson Photo credit: Lebanon Police
Brock Richardson
Photo credit: Lebanon Police

Caleb Dumont-Willey, a 21-year-old Lebanon man police believe bought heroin from Richardson, was also arrested.

“The heroin that was recovered, stamped ‘Game of Thrones,’ appears to have a high potency level,” Lebanon Police said in a release. “Although all heroin should be considered potentially lethal, this particular batch led to an overdose and near death.”

Vermont health officials believe the strain may be laced with fentanyl, an opiate up to 50 times the strength of heroin. Multiple doses of Narcan were needed to revive the people who overdosed, and “Game of Thrones” appears to be connected to at least some of those incidents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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