Recent headlines tell it all: "9 dead from apparent heroin ODs over
weekend in Kensington area"; "Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may
have killed 35 over 5 days"; "New Jersey's overdose nightmare hits a new
peak"; and "Growth in the use of opioids is fueling a nationwide epidemic
of deaths from drug overdose".
Heroin mixed with fentanyl - or heroin alone - may be responsible for this
surge in overdoses. In the past, Philadelphia typically had three
overdoses a day and they were not all fatal. Last June, the Philadelphia
Medical Examiner's Office confirmed nearly 700 drug-related deaths in
2015, twice as many deaths as there were from homicides. At the current
rate, 2016 will end with even more.
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