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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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