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Pennsylvania: 2 Drug Counselors Found Dead From Drug Overdose

It was another scene in Pennsylvania's ballooning drug epidemic. But the case had a twist that shocked even the first-responders summoned to the quiet neighborhood in West Brandywine: The victim — and another dead, overdosed man in an adjacent room — were both drug counselors.
“If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a news release.

“The staff members in charge of supervising recovering addicts succumbed to their own addiction and died of opioid overdoses. Opioids are a monster that is slowly consuming our population.”

Residents found the counselors dead or dying Sunday afternoon. They tried to resuscitate one of the men with the drug naloxone, which counters heroin's deadly effects, but it was too late.
Two of the heroin plastic bags had a “Superman” symbol on them. Another was stamped with the symbol for “danger.”

Police think the drugs had been laced with fentanyl, another opiate that can make a hit of heroin more potent and more deadly.

Authorities chronicling the rise in heroin deaths in Pennsylvania largely attribute the uptick to fentanyl. According to the Patriot-News, fentanyl-laced heroin contributed to Pennsylvania having the sixth-highest overdose rate in the nation in 2015.

The disease of addiction has taken thousands of our friends and family members. In the past year alone we lost over 3,500 Pennsylvanians — a thousand more lives taken than the year before.”
Across the nation, opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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