Warren PD investigating 11 heroin ODs, 3 deaths since Thurs

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday, Warren Police are investigating a high number of heroin overdoses from the weekend.

Lt. Greg Hoso said that since Thursday, there have been 11 heroin-related overdoses. Three of the overdoses killed users: Two on Thursday, one on Sunday.

Hoso said that a common factor in most of the cases is that users described the heroin as pure white in color. Investigators think it may be tainted, but won’t know for sure until they get results back from a chemical testing lab in a few weeks.

“It’s more potent than they’ve ever had,” Hoso said. “Some of them I’ve even talked to have only used ten dollars worth of heroin and they still overdosed.”

And it’s not just in the city.

In Niles, police called to Regal Cinemas Saturday for two men who were found unresponsive when the lights turned on. Detectives there suspect they OD’d on heroin too.

Over in Warren township, Police Chief Don Bishop said he believes at least one of two overdoses during the weekend used the tainted batch of the drug.

Now investigators are challenged with finding out where it’s coming from.

“The problem is, once it gets put out there, it gets spread out so quickly,” Hoso said. “It’s a lot of work, but it can be done to try to track down the original source of it.”

Breakdown of Trumbull Co. heroin overdoses:

Warren city:
Thursday: Two overdoses, both fatal
Friday: 6 overdoses, none fatal
Saturday: One overdose in the parking lot of a Giant Eagle store
Sunday: One overdose, fatal, in a motel on Mahoning Ave.
Monday: One overdose, not fatal

Warren Township:
Friday: One overdose  (suspected “pure white”)
Saturday: One overdose

Saturday: Two overdoses at Regal Cinemas, appeared to be heroin

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