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  1. 5-HT2A

    An unusually high spike in opiate deaths over a one-day period from Wednesday to Thursday in Erie County prompted a blunt warning from officials about a suspected bad batch of heroin that appears to be making the rounds.

    Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, responding to reports of seven opiate-related deaths within a 24-hour period, held a news conference Thursday in the Rath Building, where he was joined by other county officials, to make the public aware of the danger.

    "We're doing this as a public health warning to those in our community who may use opiate-based drugs, such as heroin," Poloncarz said.

    "When we see seven deaths in less than 24 hours, we know that something bad is on the streets," he said.

    "We're warning the public, as we've had to do in the past, that there appears to be a very lethal dose of a substance that potentially has been added to heroin. We don't know if its fentanyl… We won't know that until some toxicology reports come back, which take a number of weeks to do," the county executive said.

    Officials did not release much information about the dead except to say the victims were six males and one female.

    "They come from all across the county, not just one particular section of the community," he said.

    In 2016, the average was 5.8 deaths per week, which came to just under 320 overdose deaths last year.

    "In 2017, we're averaging 6.8 deaths per week. So in the last 24 hours we've had the equivalent of a week's worth of deaths in Erie County," Poloncarz said.

    Help is available and he advised those in need to call the county's 24-hour hotline, 831-7007.

    Over 1,700 people have used the hotline since it opened last August, he said.

    Poloncarz and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein urged those who acquired heroin within the past 24 hours to discard it to avoid becoming a fatality.

    "If you have some heroin and you're thinking about using it, you really better think twice, because what you put in your arm, what you put in your neck, however you do, sniff it, that may be the last thing you do," Poloncarz said.

    Burstein said the drug appears to be very potent and may even be resistant to the usual forms of reversing an overdose.

    "Even if they have Naloxone with them, they may not even have to reach out and get to save their lives," she said.

    Burstein noted that there are different Naloxone products available for purchase at pharmacies.

    "What we're recommending right now is this Narcan Naloxone spray. The benefits of it is it is twice as potent a dose as the other products available. There are four milligrams in a dose instead of just two milligrams," she said.

    Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said law enforcement is using Narcan on a daily basis in its attempts to save the lives of those who overdose on opiates.

    "It usually works, but it doesn't always work," said Howard.

    Burstein also cautioned patience to those who are dealing with a loved one who they either know or suspects is addicted to heroin.

    "If you have somebody in your home that you know is using, this is not a good time to practice tough love and kick them out of the house. We've got to watch them," Burstein said.

    In regard to his prosecution of drug dealers who can be directly linked to specific heroin deaths, Erie County District Attorney John V. Flynn Jr. repeated a vow he made a few weeks ago to the friends and family members of opiate overdose victims attending a Black Balloon Day event held outside Old Erie County Hall.

    "If I can prove it, I will charge a drug dealer with murder," said Flynn.

    by Harold McNeil and Staff

    March 30, 2017



  1. Potter
    I am so fucking sick of seeing my city on this site for this fucking reason.
  2. TheBigBadWolf
    Unclear to me is how authorities give out a Bad batch warning without the knowledge what it is that made users overdose.

    I mean it should be clear to opioid users that they always live on the edge of an overdose if they use for obtaining a high, and that there is not much room between minimum effective dose and lethal overdose.

    What do authorities think opioid users should do then?
    Not use?
    stay in withdrawal in bed instead going to work?

    What public does not need is the muscle-playing of LE Officials stating they use the Law on dealers.
    Thats what they already do. Therefore I find this article a weird mix of info (only a bit, so they can't get sued...) and the same old sabre rattling of Law Enforcement Who dont even have a Say in this - laws Are not made by Police Officials but by politicians.
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    1. Suburban-phetamine
      That isn't sabre rattling.A DA is very much is in a position to influence public policy. They're part of legislative inner circles and judicial ones too. A DA is a powerful person. Even ignoring his political influence, if he established precedent for an escalation beyond what we now charge dealers with, as well as not targeting the users... that's a big deal. Also just in my eyes.
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  3. Potter
    There was another ten deaths in the next day or so. I'll try to find the article tomorrow.

    We are literally loosing 20 years of population gains to heroin over the past two years. Every few months I see someone related to my social circles dying through Facebook.

    Some twat in our Tribe actually suggested cops arrest people who overdose, I seriously could not believe someone would suggest that. Glad it was online because they would have gotten a black eye.
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