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Heroin overdoses rising in Chicago

Posted by wlpo on October 4, 2015

Authorities in Chicago say a recent rise in heroin overdoses is continuing to climb. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says there were 74 non-fatal overdoses between Tuesday night and Friday night.  The Chicago Tribune reports that some patients turned up at Mount Sinai Hospital with needles still stuck in their arms.

City health and fire officials suspect heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl is to blame for the sudden jump, as it was in 2006. The Drug Enforcement Administration is helping try to determine the source of the drugs.

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