- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Fletcher Allen Health Care says eight people have come to the emergency room in one day for heroin overdoses.

The number of overdoses on Tuesday was typical of what the Burlington hospital might see in several months.

Fletcher Allen officials say the eight patients were from Winooski, Colchester, Williston and South Burlington but say they believe the drug is likely spread throughout Chittenden County. Dr. Stephen Leffler tells WCAX-TV that they are concerned that if users don’t know that what they are using is stronger than they are accustomed to, they could die.