Philadelphia sees spike in nonfatal drug overdoses

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Health officials are reporting a significant spike in nonfatal drug overdoses or adverse reactions in Philadelphia.

Three people died of apparent overdoses between Friday night and Saturday, which is about the typical overdose death rate, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

But officials say nonfatal apparent overdoses were unusually high, sending about 100 people to emergency rooms over 24 hours.

Health officials are still waiting for results of tests of bags found in the hands of arriving patients.

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  • For Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, see here.
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