Police investigating cluster of overdoses in Philadelphia

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Police in Philadelphia are investigating after nine people died from what appear to be heroin overdoses in the city over the weekend.
 
Five of the six victims died within blocks of one another on Sunday in Kensington, a section of the city that has become synonymous with drug abuse. Official causes of death are pending.  Several other people were hospitalized over the weekend.
 
On Monday night, FOX 29 was there as police confiscated heroin called Powerball and another brand with a devil on it.  Investigators think it may be laced with pinky a synthetic opioid we recently told you about in a special report.
 
Police released the following locations they say people died from a 'sudden death."

Saturday, December 3, 2016, a 34-year-old male was located inside a vehicle on the 2800 block East Allegheny Avenue. He was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, a 36-year-old female was located inside the 2800 block of Rosehill Street unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 24-year-old male was located inside the 3000 block of North Broad Street unresponsive. He was pronounced at 4:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 28-year-old male was located inside a parked vehicle on the 3200 block of North 2nd Street. He was pronounced dead at 12:53 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 42-year-old male was located inside the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue unresponsive. He was pronounced at 1:26 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 41-year-old male was located inside a vacant lot at 2800 ‘D’ Street unresponsive He was pronounced at 2:01 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 31-year-old female was located inside the 3300 block of Amber Street unresponsive. She was pronounced at 2:24 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 40-year-old male was located inside the 2800 block of Kensington Avenue unresponsive He was pronounced at 2:07 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, a 29-year-old male was located on the highway at 600 East Indiana Avenue unresponsive He was pronounced at 8:00 p.m.

Police have been investigating a bad batch of heroin that's been circulating throughout the city.

A bad batch was blamed for nearly 50 overdose deaths last month.  cluster of overdoses can occur when heroin is cut with toxic chemicals like rat poison.
 
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb says he can't recall this many fatal heroin overdoses occurring over one weekend. 
 
Falls Township police say in the past ten days they have had four fatal overdoes and six non fatal overdoes. According to police, in two of the fatal overdoes the heroin appears to have come from Philadelphia while in the other two the heroin appears to have come from Trenton.
 
 
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