Three more lives were likely taken in the Cleveland area on Tuesday, and the medical examiner has warned that a powerful mixture that’s killed dozens in Lorain County, Oh., and the Pittsburgh area has crept into Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said police an sheriff’s officials reported eight suspected heroin overdoses, three of them fatal. “This ongoing public-health threat now includes cases in which fentanyl has been detected,” Gilson said.
Authorities across the country have logged deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl an opioid pain killer that’s 80 times stronger than heroin and often called “China White.” In Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County 14 fatal overdose victims tested positive both for heroin and fentanyl since november, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Several more cases were detected in neighboring counties.