- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

BRATTLBORO, Vt. (AP) - Police say emergency crews in a Vermont town of about 12,000 have responded to 11 opiate overdoses in 24 hours, including two people who were in critical condition.

Brattleboro police said Thursday that the overdoses occurred in a downtown alley, residences, hotel rooms and a gas station bathroom.

Emergency responders administered the opiate overdose antidote naloxone to several of the patients. Some patients required several doses of naloxone.

Two victims were flown to regional hospitals. As of Wednesday morning, police said they had survived.

There are similarities between the overdoses, including markers or stamps on the bags of heroin.

In the past police have released those markers as a warning, but police now say users seeking an effective high will look for the batches highlighted by police.

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