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Could Local Heroin be Laced with Fentanyl?

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After dozens in Buffalo died from overdoses linked to a lethal mixture of heroin and the drug fentanyl; Pennsylvania State Police reported at least three died from heroin-related deaths in Bradford County in a three-day time span this past weekend.

PA authorities suspect the deaths could also be linked to a heroin-fentanyl mixture, but are still investigating. Officials say at this time it is unknown if the heroin currently circulating the Pennsylvania County is laced with fentanyl.

Truth Pharm, a non-profit organization working against the heroin epidemic in Broome County, said it has received at least three reports of overdoses in the area since February 6th.

On Wednesday, Fox 40 spoke with a Broome County resident who believes the mixture is related to the death of her 22-year-old son.

Jenn Edwards-Carmichael, of Lisle, lost her son, Dajen Edwards, to overdose on February 6th. She believes the overdose was caused by more than just heroin, and that fentanyl was laced into it.

“I believe that as a mom, you cannot protect your children, you can just tell them what's out there," said Edwards-Carmichael, "And I would have never dreamed this."

Carmichael said she is waiting on a coroner's report for official results.

Broome County's Drug Task Force says while it hasn't personally noticed a spike in overdoses as of yet, it does note that there is a periodic trend of these mixes coming to the area.

“I think if it’s not already in the area, it’s certainly going to be coming to the area,” said Matt Cower, Detective Sgt. for Broome County Sheriff’s Office and SIU Task Force.

Cower said that the department has seen one fatal overdose in the Town of Chenango in the last week. There was also a non-fatal overdose in the Town of Union Tuesday night.

Authorities add that since narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioids, is now available over the counter, it's harder for them to track all overdoses in the area.

In a written statement, Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said there is reason to believe the fentanyl-laced heroin has made it to Broome County. He urges residents to seek long-term treatments to save a life, by reaching out to the Operation S.A.F.E. program at (607)-778-6119.