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Cincinnati hit with a wave of heroin overdoses possibly linked to elephant tranquilizer

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The state of Ohio has dealt with heroin use and overdoses for years, but Cincinnati is having one of its worst weeks ever  -- 30 people overdosed on suspected heroin use on Tuesday, and an additional 32 overdoses on Wednesday, bringing the total to 62.

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Health officials believe Carfentanil  is being mixed in with heroin doses. Carfentanil is a drug used in elephant tranquilizers. 

Narcan, a prescription medication that works against the effects of opioids like heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil, is being used by emergency crews responding to overdose cases.

However, health officials are afraid Narcan won't be as effective, because of the potency of the drug mixture. 

75% of heroin addicts used prescription opioids before turning to heroin.
New York Times report on opioid use in the U.S.

America's heroin epidemic has taken a significant toll. The New York Times published some of the devastating numbers in a report last year. 

Cincinnati hit with a wave of heroin overdoses possibly linked to elephant tranquilizer

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