Feds ‘working on arrests’ in spate of Pennsylvania overdoses

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By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Western Pennsylvania’s federal prosecutor says investigators are working on arrests linked to roughly 30 nonfatal heroin overdoses in recent days.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton says dangerous batches of heroin – some laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl – have caused the overdoses in Cambria and Washington counties.

He called a news conference Wednesday to alert the public to drugs sold in stamp bags marked “Black Boot,” ”Boot Camp,” and “Peace of Mind” in Washington County and “Bulletproof” and “Head Trauma” in Cambria.
    
Hickton says western Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies are trying to get ahead of the heroin epidemic by treating every overdose as a criminal investigation into the dealers, which wasn’t done in the past.

He also says that most of those who survived the recent overdoses were revived with Narcan.

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