Iowa brothers die of drug overdoses on same day

Brothers Terry and Zach McPoland, both of Dubuque, Iowa, died within hours of each other of apparent drug overdoses on April 9, 2016. (Courtesy: Vicki Allendorf/ KWQC)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWQC) – A memorial service is being held Saturday evening for two Iowa brothers who died on the same day, each of an apparent drug overdose.

Zach McPoland, 31, and Terry McPoland, 27, both of Dubuque, died within hours of each other last Saturday, April 9.

They are the sons of Iowa anti-heroin activist Vicki Allendorf, who operates a Facebook community page called “I Hate Heroin” with more than 161,000 followers.

Allendorf describes herself on the page as a mother “who is waging a war against heroin.”

Late last Saturday night, Allendorf posted on the page that “I lost two of my sons to overdose tonight” and said the page will be inactive temporarily.

The Dubuque Police Department tells KWQC that officers are awaiting the results of autopsies to confirm a cause of death.

At 5:28 p.m. last Saturday, police responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Bluff St. after a report of an unresponsive individual who was identified as Terry McPoland.

Less than an hour later, police responded at 6:26 p.m. to another report of an unresponsive individual at a residence in the 2200 block of Sunnyslope Dr.

That person was identified as Terry’s brother, Zach McPoland.

Both were later pronounced dead at separate hospitals.

A Go Fund Me page for a memorial fund has reached nearly $28,000 in contributions.

Allendorf posted on the page that her sons’ father committed suicide in 2014.

“The road has been difficult for many years,” Allendorf says.

“My only comfort is they are together with their father watching over us.”

According to online obituaries, a memorial service for the brothers will be held April 16 at 7 p.m. at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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