Delaware health and public safety officials are probing six heroin overdose deaths within a three-week period that may have a connection.
Two distinctive stamps were found on the packages of heroin that were used by the people who died or were found at the scenes of their deaths, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. The chemical make-up of the drugs is being analyzed.
Five of the recent deaths occurred in New Castle County, and one was reported in Sussex County. Through Monday of this week, 125 overdose deaths had been reported statewide so far in 2017.
Health officials urge users of heroin or other opioids to seek treatment. Their family members are also encouraged to get trained in the use of naloxone, an overdose-reversing medication that will be available at pharmacies under legislation signed by Governor Carney last week.
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