At least five people have died in the city of Akron after taking what police believe is a "bad batch" of heroin.
Captain Michael Shearer, commander of the Akron Police Department's Narcotics Unit, said several more people had been treated in local hospitals after taking heroin, but survived.
On Tuesday, two suspected victims, a 31-year-old male from North Akron and a 58-year-old male from Largo, FL, were found dead. Three other heroin-related deaths have been reported in Akron in the last two weeks.
The Akron Police Department is working closely with the ADM Board on the increase of heroin overdoses and deaths.
Police also warn illicit drug users not to take heroin which they procured over the past few weeks.
It has not yet been determined why the current rash of heroin deaths has taken place. Police say there may be a deadly item added to the heroin or just the quality of the heroin.
If you or someone you know is addicted to opiates or heroin, help is available 24/7 by calling the ADM Crisis Center at 330-996-7730.
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