Epidemic of heroin/fentanyl overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania
January 28, 2014, 12:27 pm
KDKA-TV, the local CBS station in Pittsburgh, reported yesterday that at least 22 people have died recently from narcotic overdoses in Western Pennsylvania. Authorities believe the deaths are related to products containing heroin and/or fentanyl sold on the street and derived from supplies stamped with the labels “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice,” or “Income Tax.’
This outbreak is reminiscent of previous events. In the early 1990s, fentanyl-laced heroin sold as “Tango and Cash” killed dozens of victims. In 2006, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office reported 252 overdose deaths that tested positive for fentanyl. The read my Emergency Medicine News column about these outbreaks, click here.
Hat tip to @DavidJuurlink