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Portland warns addicts of possible bad batch after spike in overdoses, including 2 deaths


PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Police are warning the community of a possible bad batch of drugs after at least 14 people overdosed on heroin and other opiates in a 24-hour period.

City officials tell the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1JLL7td ) two of those 14 died between Friday morning and Saturday morning and five were in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived. The city's emergency medical services and police usually see five or six overdoses from all drugs during a 24-hour period.

City officials are expected to hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the rise in opiate-related overdoses, and the city's response.

The city's Department of Health and Human Services is sending a letter Wednesday to pharmacists inviting them to a meeting to discuss the city's needle exchange program for addicts.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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