Deadly heroin blend behind 22 deaths in PA

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorney General Kathleen Kane says drug dealers may be “rebranding” a deadly heroin blend that is being blamed for 22 overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania.

Kane’s remarks came after state drug agents charged a 29-year-old Clairton man on Thursday with possessing heroin stamped with the name “Sky High.” Heroin dealers stamp individual bags with catchy names that give the drug a street identity.

On Friday U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Casey also asked the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to help identify the source of the tainted heroin, remove it from the streets, and bring to justice those responsible.

The case is drawing comparisons to the deadly “China White” substance blamed for 18 overdoses in the Pittsburgh area in 1988.

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