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Deadly heroin making it way to Somerset

By: WJAC Web Staff

SOMERSET, Pa. -- Investigators in Somerset County asked residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity that could involve heroin distribution.

Somerset County has already had four deaths possibly related to heroin overdoses that could tie back to the deadly heroin first being used in Pittsburgh.

Theraflu, bud ice and sky high is all being mixed with fentanyl, a deadly blend blamed for at least 22 deaths in the Pittsburgh area and at least one in Somerset County.

I just had a conversation with someone from the federal drug administration today and they wanted to know if I had these deaths after the 17th of January, said Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller. That is when the Theraflu showed up in the Pittsburgh area and I cant really say that but I think there was one after that.

This year alone county officials believe they have seen four heroin related deaths, a number close to 2013s total.

Last year I had six heroin overdoses and again those show up as a morphine toxicity, but based on what we see at the scene we can determine pretty much that those are heroin overdoses, said Miller.

When you get a heroin death coming back on a toxicology report it tests positive for morphine, said Miller. It doesnt actually say heroin so you have to put everything together but it will tell you its fentanyl because fentanyl is a different classification and that actually does show up on the screening.

Investigators are waiting for the toxicology reports to come back to confirm the heroin-related deaths, at which point 6 News could learn if they are connected to the ones in Pittsburgh.


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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times