After Rash Of Deaths, Fatal Heroin-Related Overdoses Are Down

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a recent string of heroin overdose deaths, officials say heroin-related deaths are on the downswing.

An often fatal mix of heroin cut with heavy painkiller Fentanyl was spreading rampantly along the east coast recently, leading to more than 20 deaths in Pennsylvania alone.

But even though overdose deaths have slowed down, Dr. Karen Hacker of the Allegheny County Health Department says there’s no guarantee that the deadly drug combination isn’t still on the streets.

The deaths were spread out over several weeks in January and February.

Drug dealers were selling the heroin-Fentanyl mix in bags labeled “Theraflu,” “Sky High,” “Bud Ice” and other names.

Several people locally have been arrested for selling the powerful strain of heroin.

Stay with KDKA for Harold Hayes’ full report at 6 p.m.

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