Twelve heroin overdoses were reported in rural Mount Sterling, Ky.; five in rural Winchester, Ky., and 10 in rural Southern Indiana. Huntington, W.Va., next to Kentucky and Ohio, had 27 overdoses. Cincinnati had 36 on Wednesday and 90 last weekend. Also, a man was arrested this week on Interstate 70 in Henry County, Indiana, with 5 pounds of fentanyl. (Map shows driving distances to overdose locations)
reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He told Kocher, “When something like this is happening within the same time frame, happening in Cincinnati as it is happening in Mount Sterling, it begs the question about supply routes. Is that where Mount Sterling’s heroin is coming from? It certainly would give some indication of that, but without extensive lab testing there is no way to know."
"It’s a very scary thing," Ingram said. "What we see across the country is the drug cartels moving away from heroin and moving toward these opioids they’re going to produce themselves. People think they’re buying one thing and they’re actually buying another. The stuff they’re selling is so powerful. Some of the stuff we’re seeing produced is 50 times more potent than heroin, as if heroin wasn’t bad enough.”