- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - Officials say 13 people have died in northeast Ohio over a five-day period from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl or a combination of the drugs.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Medical Examiner’s Office says in a news release Thursday that the deaths occurred between last Thursday and Monday. The office said the deaths are being investigated but provided no other details. Six of the deaths occurred in Cleveland and the remainder in suburbs.

Medical examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said last month that there’d been an alarming increase this year in overdose deaths attributed to the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl, which is sometimes mixed with heroin. He also warned that fentanyl pills marked like oxycodone, a less potent and widely prescribed painkiller, were being sold to drug users.

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