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Drug Dealers Selling Deadly Mix of Heroin New to Dayton
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Local drug dealers now aren't just selling heroin, but a mixture of the drug and fentanyl, a powerful pain medication that can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin alone. This is not the fentanyl available in pharmacies, however, this is a product being made illegally on the street.
In the last 12 days, 23 people have died in the Miami Valley from heroin, eight of them tested positive for the heroin and fentanyl mix. The other 15 cases are under review.
"I want to say one day last week we had 13 overdoses in the department. I saw to the three of them personally in my nine-hour shift," said Miami Valley Hospital Dr. Megan Dines.
"In the last 48 hours we have dispatched crews on 13 overdoses in the community so this is a very lethal combination of drugs, so we want to educate people if you do have a substance abuse problem there is a bad batch out there that can be fatal to you," said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.
And it's fatal to our community. Police say, at the rate we are going, we will hit 140 deaths by the end of the year just from heroin. That almost matches the 150 overdose deaths last year from all drugs.
"We did a good job shutting down the pill mills, so for people who have old injuries and need medication, now the pills are not available so they transferred to heroin," Montgomery Sheriff Phil Plummer said. "The second reason it's popular is it is so cheap. Plus, unfortunately, it's turning into a social drug. We are seeing it in some of our high schools. That's why we need parents involved. This is not a social drug, this is a deadly drug,"
Police say they don't know where the mixture is coming from but say they are working to find the dealers.
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