Philadelphia’s weekend overdose spike kills 7, sickens more than 110

September 25, 2018

By Staff

Seven people were killed and 110 were revived by police and paramedics in an unusual spike in overdoses around Philadelphia this weekend, with many victims displaying symptoms that doctors said were not typical of an opioid overdose. But the citywide total is likely higher — perhaps closer to 200, health officials said, once people who went to hospitals or were revived by friends are counted.

Health officials, who updated the figures several times, said they believe that the “bad batch” behind the overdose spike, centered around Kensington, was likely a combination of the same drugs that caused 165 overdoses and 10 deaths on a weekend in July. That deadly blend: a mix of heroin, fentanyl, and K2, a synthetic cannabinoid. Victims were agitated, hallucinating, and vomiting repeatedly.

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