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The heroin epidemic's toll: One Pennsylvania county, 70 minutes, eight overdoses

The heroin epidemic's toll: One Pennsylvania county, 70 minutes, eight overdoses

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The first call came at 7:33 p.m. on a recent Sunday: Two people had overdosed on heroin in a home just a few hundred yards from the station where firefighters were awaiting their nightly round of drug emergencies. Six minutes later, there was another. A 50-year-old man had been found in his bedroom, blue from lack of oxygen, empty bags of heroin by his body. At 8:11, a third call. Then another, and another, and another and another. By 8:42, 69 minutes after the first report, a county of just more than 200,000 people had recorded eight overdoses, all believed to be caused by heroin. There would be a total of 16 overdoses in 24 hours and 25 over two days. Three...

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