In recent days, the Muncie Police Department Narcotics Unit has been investigating a large spike of heroin overdoses.

Sgt. Scott O’Dell of the narcotics unit said that random spikes in overdoses is most commonly due to a bad batch of heroin brought into town.

The narcotics unit believes that the recent bad batch of heroin in Muncie is coming from the Dayton, Ohio, area.

“We are using our resources now to track down the bad heroin,” O’Dell said. 

While the narcotics unit has not seen any deaths due to overdoses, Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said on Tuesday alone, he had one or two deaths he believes were overdoses.

“We have about three or four deaths we believe to be overdoses in the last week,” Hahn said.

Hahn also noted that the cause of these deaths will not be confirmed until the toxicology reports are finished, which typically takes four to six weeks.

Both Hahn and O’Dell said the heroin which is sometimes laced with fentanyl, a narcotic, often causes more people to overdose.  

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