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Medical examiner: Philly has 35 fatal overdoses in 5 days

MGN Online

The Philadelphia medical examiner's office says several overdose deaths reported over the weekend might have been part of a bigger problem: as many as 35 deaths in five days.

Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford tells Philly.com that packaging from the various scenes suggests the heroin believed responsible for the deaths came from various sources. Investigators aren't sure whether some of the heroin was more potent than normal, or whether it was mixed with powerful painkillers like fentanyl that are often linked to overdoses, or some combination of the two.

The overdoses began Dec. 1 when 12 people died between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., a spate of deaths Chief Medical Examiner Sam Gulino says the city has never seen before.

The rest of the deaths occurred through Monday.

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