- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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.

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.

A 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.

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