14 Overdoses In 72 Hours

By Danielle Krout

Published 05/02 2014 05:25PM

Updated 05/02 2014 05:28PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Investigators from Cambria and Somerset Counties are working together to determine a possible bad batch of heroin on the streets.

"We are afraid this is potentially lethal," said District Attorney Kelly Callihan.  "We've had 12 overdoses in Cambria in 72 hours, 2 were in Somerset."

Police have linked the overdoses to "7 of Hearts."  I packaged heroin being distributed in the area. 

"All of the overdoses have come from the '7 of Hearts," said Callihan.

4 of the overdoses happened along Coleman Avenue in Johnstown's Moxham neighborhood.

"It is unusual to have this many in a short time frame," said Captain Andy Frear, Johnstown Police Department.

Earlier this year 22 people died in one weekend after heroin laced with fentanyl hit the streets in Pittsburgh.  Officials could not confirm if this batch of heroin is laced with fentanyl.

'We have a joint task force with Somerset County to find out where this heroin is coming from," said Callihan.

"We want people to get the message out not to use heroin, if you do you could overdose and you could die," said Frear.

Officials sent the heroin found at one of the overdoses out to be tested, they hope to have the results in a few days.

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