Worcester overdose deaths ease, but police alert

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Photo Courtesy: CNN

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials in Worcester say a surge of drug overdose deaths in early August has appeared to ease, but heroin users still aren’t safe from potentially deadly street combinations of the opiate.

Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme tells the Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1qrYRPJ) investigators have recently found heroin mixed with the powerful painkiller fentanyl, which has been blamed for a rash of heroin deaths around the country this year. Gemme said it’s still being investigated.

From Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, there were 10 deaths from suspected heroin overdoses. Two more followed. Worcester had seven suspected heroin overdoses from Jan. 1 to July 31.

Gemme said police aren’t confident the deadly cycle is over.

Police said they have seen heroin mixed with rat poison, and other medications, and also very pure heroin that users aren’t accustomed to.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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