Is there a bad batch of heroin in Palm Beach County?
The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner tweeted Friday morning that they have had 10 overdose deaths in a single day, raising concerns that an especially lethal form of heroin is on the street.
Thought there was a slowing down, but we have 10 drug overdose deaths today. Must be a bad batch of drug out there. You've been warned!— Medical Examiner (@District15ME) March 17, 2017
The drug that has been most linked to heroin deaths is fentanyl, and variations of it, such as carfentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer. It’s been sometimes mixed into heroin, sometimes sold as heroin, sometimes mixed with cocaine.
In 2015, 216 people in Palm Beach County died after using fentanyl, heroin or illicit morphine, the three drugs at the heart of the drug crisis.
Last year, more than 200 died with fentanyl in their system.
The Medical Examiner’s message Friday morning to drug users: “You’ve been warned.”