BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Eight people may have died from overdoses in Erie County since Saturday afternoon according to the Erie County Health Department
The eight weekend deaths, which still must be confirmed with toxicology from lab testing, could bring the 2017 total to 40 confirmed. There are another 122 other suspected cases which are also pending toxicology results. There were just over 300 overdose cases in Erie County in 2016.
The latest overdose deaths are believed to have resulted from a combination of drugs, such as fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.
“The fentanyl that is being seen in Erie County continues to increase in potency,” said Dr. Burstein, Commissioner of Health. “When we see a spike in suspected overdoses as we have this past weekend, we warn the public as soon as possible that the risk of fatal overdoses has increased due to the street drugs currently in circulation.”
In additional to Erie County, health officials say there were three suspected overdoes deaths in neighboring counties.
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