PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – This past weekend 17 people in the Pittsburgh area died from a “killer” strain of heroin. Many of those who fell victim to this poison sadly chose to try the drug to see what would happen.
The deadly strain of heroin contains a powerful narcotic called fentanyl. Doctors agree that this is an extraordinarily potent narcotic that can be 100 times stronger than morphine. Morphine is the base product in heroin.
There were only two other times when deadly strains of heroin came to the Pittsburgh area. In 2006, 10 deaths and over a dozen overdoses were caused by “Get high or die trying.” While in 1988 “China White” heroin mixed with fentanyl killed 18 people.