Police say tainted heroin lead to 2 deaths, 15 or more poisonings

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Tainted Heroin Leads to 2 Deaths, at Least 15 Poisonings in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN (WTIC) -- New Haven police have issued a warning after tainted heroin lead to two deaths and over a dozen poisonings.

Officials said the tainted heroin had caused at least 15, and as many as 22 poisonings and two confirmed fatalities. Chief Dean Esserman contacted city officials after responding to several overdoses Thursday evening and decided to issue the warning.

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Police are investigating the tainted heroin, but have not found the source as yet. They warned neighboring communities to be on alert as well. The Drug Enforcement Agency is also investigating.

Fire and EMS officials have prepared crews with an extra supply of Narcan (Naloxone), an opiate antidote.

"Heroin users be warned! The investigation is inconclusive at this time. Any such drug should be considered deadly. There is also no reason to suspect there are any boundaries to how far the tainted drugs have been sold or distributed. Neighboring communities are warned as well," said Officer David Hartman, public information officer for New Haven Police.

Officials plan on holding a press conference at 11 a.m. to address the issue.

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