November 20, 2013
Montgomery County Coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger is investigating a number of drug deaths in our community where Heroin and Fentanyl are present. Heroin, “cut” with Fentanyl, a powerful pain medication, is being sold by local drug dealers.
Since November 8, 2013, twenty three “heroin” suspected deaths have occurred in our community. To date, eight deaths have tested positive for heroin/fentanyl with an additional fifteen cases under review. One case was positive for fentanyl only. If this trend continues, Montgomery County may experience over one hundred and forty deaths related to heroin and heroin/fentanyl by the end of this year.
Analysts at the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab have also confirmed the presence of heroin/fentanyl in cases submitted by law enforcement. In the past three weeks, over sixty heroin suspected cases have been submitted to the crime lab. To date, twelve cases have been confirmed to contain the heroin/fentanyl combination.
The Coroner’s Office and Crime laboratory is working closely with law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce these deaths.
Montgomery County Coroner’s Office
Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory