4 die of heroin overdoses today in Pittsburgh region

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The Allegheny County Medical Examiner issued a warning tonight after four people in Pittsburgh died of a heroin overdose in a day.

The deaths have occurred across the county, and stamp bags labeled “Theraflu” found at scenes appear to contain Fentanyl, though definitive tests are pending, Medical Examiner Karl Williams said.

A total of 14 people in Allegheny County died from heroin overdoses this week, the office said, adding they usually see one to two per week. Deaths also have been reported in Westmoreland County, Mayor Bill Peduto's office said.

"Those who are in possession of this potent formula are in danger of losing their lives," Mr. Peduto said in a prepared statement. "It will kill you. The danger cannot be overstated."

Pittsburgh police are investigating.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published January 25, 2014 9:54 PM

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