ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Two people are dead and authorities worry that more deaths could be imminent from a tainted batch of heroin that has hit the streets of St. Charles Parish. Deputies were called to a home on Paul Frederick Street in Luling where they found the bodies of two men. Both are believed to have died from a heroin overdose. Sheriff Greg Champagne says investigators were able to determine that the two obtained and injected heroin probably simultaneously shortly after midnight last night. The victims, both in their 30's, were known drug abusers according to Champagne. .
Tuesday night's deaths are just the latest in a rash of heroin overdoses across the country. Recently, in Chicago, 74 heroin overdose cases were reported over a 3 day period. Police and DEA are investigating in an attempt to determine the source of an apparent "bad batch" possibly laced with Fentanyl.
Sheriff Champagne says this is the first time he's ever seen a double death overdose such as this. He says he feels compelled to issue a warning over the tainted heroin and has issued a plea to drug dealers to get help.
Champagne says autopsies are underway, but he says there have been documented cases of rat poison being used to cut heroin and stretch supplies.
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