Chicago’s drug epidemic led to a nightmarish three-day span of overdoses, according to the Chicago Tribune.
There were 74 people who overdosed on drugs possibly laced with heroin. The Tribune reports city health and fire officials say the drugs were dangerous batches of narcotics, possibly heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl.
Fentanyl is used for painful surgical operations, Dr. Steven Aks, chief toxicologist at Stroger Hospital, told the Tribune. The powerful painkiller adds a potent kick to heroin.
This fentanyl laced-heroin is considered to be the worst in over a decade. The last major outbreak of fentanyl-related deaths took place between 2005 and 2007, according to CBS News. The outbreak reportedly killed more than 1,000 people across the country and dozens in Chicago.
Dr. Tarlan Hedayati at Stroger Hospital told ABC 7 Chicago he was alarmed because the standard treatment for heroin overdoses didn’t work.
The standard treatment for a heroin overdose is a single dose of Narcan.
“Typically if it’s given by the paramedics, we may not need to give it again in the emergency department. But we’re noticing we were giving more in the emergency department to these patients.
Two West Side gang members have been arrested on drug charges. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and Mario Wofford, 26, are accused of selling $720 worth of heroin to an undercover Chicago police on Friday, according to the Tribune.
Sylvester was arrested on felony charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police. He is being held at Cook County on $30,000 bond.
Wolford has been arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver and was ordered held on $10,000 bond.
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