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.
Heroin crisis in Ohio not letting up.— Jackie Fernandez (@JackieFernTV) August 25, 2016
62 overdoses in the last 2 days in Cincinnati. Price of narcan, drug that fights it, up dramatically.
75% of heroin addicts used prescription opioids before turning to heroin.
America's heroin epidemic has taken a significant toll. The New York Times published some of the devastating numbers in a report last year.
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