PA sees rise in overdose deaths from heroin mix

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 27, 2014 6:27 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane says there have been 22 deaths in the past week in western Pennsylvania of people believed to be overdosing on a mix of heroin and the powerful narcotic fentanyl.

Kane's tally came a day after Allegheny County's medical examiner had said 17 died over the past week and called it a ``major public health crisis.''

Kane says the heroin is believed to be in bags stamped with the words Theraflu, Bud Ice, and Income Tax.

She says bags with those stamps have been found by narcotics agents in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence and Beaver counties.

Kane also warns that the stamped bags could spread to other areas and police and hospital and health officials are being asked to be on the lookout for them.

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