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Five killed by 'bad batch' of heroin

TNS Regional News • Jun 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Five people have died and others have nearly overdosed from what police say is a “bad batch” of heroin being sold around Akron.

On Tuesday, two men — a 31 year old from Schiller Avenue in Akron and a 58 year old from Largo, Fla. — were found dead.

Three other heroin-related deaths have been reported in Akron in the last two weeks.

Police issued a warning Wednesday telling “illicit drug users not to take heroin which they procured over the past few weeks.”

Police are unsure what’s causing the rash of deaths. They speculate a deadly ingredient was added to the heroin, or that the heroin is nearly pure and extremely potent.

For those in need of aid, call the Summit County ADM Crisis Center at (330) 996-7730.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at (330) 375-2490.

Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.


By Phil Trexler - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)

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