Nearly 50 Philadelphia Residents Overdose on Heroin in One Day

a_street_in_philadelphia-compressedPHILADELPHIA — Nearly 50 residents in Philadelphia residents overdosed on heroin on Thursday, many of whom had to be revived with the narcotics reversal drug Narcan.

NBC Philadelphia reports that the overdoses occurred in an area known as “The Badlands,” which covers the Kensington neighborhood and parts of North Philadelphia.

Investigators believe that a dangerous batch of heroin sold on the street might be to blame for the overdoses, but officials are continuing to look into the matter. In some cases, heroin is reportedly mixed with fentanyl or cut with rat poison.

In August, Philadelphia health officials announced that there had been a 636 percent increase in overdoses of fentanyl in the city over the past two years. 184 residents died of fentanyl-related matters last year, compared to 25 two years ago. In the first few months of 2016, a reported 99 people had died from fentanyl overdoses.

“Clearly, we have an epidemic,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said at a news conference about the matter.

The Philadelphia Police Department has confirmed that there were an abnormally high number of hospitalizations due to drugs on Thursday, but spoke about the matter in general terms in a statement released on Friday.

“Within the past twenty-four hours, Philadelphia has experienced an increase in 911 calls for drug-related hospital cases,” the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement on Friday. “There have been over one hundred calls received by police; however, the number of calls alone does not necessarily mean that the calls are founded assignments or different incidents.”

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“The increase has occurred in more than one division within the city which is a concern for us. Therefore, we are currently investigating the nature of these calls, as well as the factors relating to the increase for medical attention,” it wrote. “The Philadelphia Police Department will continue to aggressively investigate this matter through a myriad of techniques; furthermore, the Patrol and Narcotics Bureaus will continue intense narcotics enforcement within the city to reduce the sales and distribution of illegal narcotics.”

As previously reported, heroin has been in the headlines on a number of occasions in recent months, including this past week as state and federal authorities are seeking to fine a nursing home in Chicago, Illinois over $100,000 after five residents overdosed on heroin this year.

Last month, authorities in Hope, Indiana released photos of a young mother who was found unresponsive—with a baby in the back seat of the car.

Erika Hurt, 25, was administered two doses of Narcan, a nasal spray that works to reverse suspected Opioid overdoses. Hurt was transported to the Columbus Regional Hospital for further evaluation, and later taken to Bartholomew County Jail, where she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and child neglect. The baby was turned over to the custody of Hurt’s mother.

In September, an Ohio grandmother and her friend lost consciousness while on the way to the hospital to obtain help for an overdose. The woman’s grandson was riding in the back seat.

The City of East Liverpool posted to social media an unblurred photo of Rhonda Pasek, 50, and James Accord, 47—along with the young boy—stating that it needed to “be a voice for the children.”

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  • Oboehner

    Let’s see… 70% of heroin comes from Afghanistan and the U.S. military is occupying there…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      People need Jesus to overcome addiction. Both Afghans and Americans and all other humans need the Gospel of Jesus Christ to get saved.

  • Palsgraf’s Scale

    Sounds like a problem that solves itself.

    • american4godncountry✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Of course the liberal atheist has no care in the world for life. Of course you would be happy about this. You disgust me.

      • Palsgraf’s Scale

        Life is shockingly easy to come by on an overpopulated planet.

        • american4godncountry✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Then perhaps you ought to off yourself instead of celebrating the death of human life.

          • Palsgraf’s Scale

            Nah. Doesn’t benefit me directly. Besides, I’m a net positive on society, being a tax-paying, law-abiding, gainfully employed consumer. Well, except for my dangerously libertarian outlook on society.

          • american4godncountry✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Libertarians are the lazy mans liberals. Pathetic.

          • Palsgraf’s Scale

            Quite right. Best to have the government controlling minutae. Get rid of states, switch to a unitary system. While we’re at it, best start registering everything the government has an interest in registering. Guns especially. And all structures on your property, even the ones that aren’t permanent. And you definitely want a tax hike, the better to take care of everybody. Ooh, and make sure to register all that unhealthy food. Its in the government’s best interest to keep us all healthy! Don’t forget your Required Daily Workout!

            So, do you lean toward the authoritarian because you genuinely want the government to keep an eyeball glued to you, or do you just like the fashionable jackboots?

        • Steak&Quiche

          You people who claim the earth is overpopulated never will follow through on it by reducing the population. As in all things, you leftists are hypocrites.

          • Palsgraf’s Scale

            Sure we do. We use birth control and allow women with unwanted pregnancies access to abortions, thus reducing the future population.

            Of course, it isn’t enough globally, but every little bit counts.

            Unless, of course, you are suggesting that evil leftists should go on a genocidal rampage to reduce the population to a manageable level? Because, for all that overpopulation is a problem, engaging in wholesale slaughter is just flat illegal.

  • Nidalap

    People constantly searching for something to dull the pain of their existence…
    Drugs sometimes seem to fit the bill.
    It can be a deadly trap, as we see here…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Looking up to the starry sky is so refreshing and free and beneficial.

      • american4godncountry✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Amen to that!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    America’s life depends on God like everyone else’s. “Thus says the Lord, ‘Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” ( Isaiah chapter 45)

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    “All nations before Him(God) are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?”
    The Lord God said: “To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal? Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; Not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” ( Isaiah ch.40)

  • american4godncountry✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Sad but not surprising. This is what happens when you turn your back against the lord and embrace liberalism.