Multiple synthetic drug overdoses in Lebanon County

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 7, 2013 9:59 AM

(Lebanon) -- Law enforcement and health officials in Lebanon County say one person has died and five others have overdosed in the past 10 days on a synthetic heroin lookalike.
Lebanon County coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum says the synthetic form of fentanyl looks identical to heroin but packs a much stronger punch, which may be catching users off guard.
He says the drug in its prescription form is a powerful painkiller, but what is being purchased on the street is specifically being manufactured to resemble and be used like heroin.
Officials said Thursday the fentanyl was purchased in Lebanon and northern parts of the county.
The victims are all in their 20s, including the man who died. He has not been identified because the investigation is ongoing.

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