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‘King of Death': Deadly Batch of Heroin in Atlantic City

Atlantic City police report at least 6 deadly heroin overdoses in the past week, some are being blamed on packets labeled 'King of Death'

Police say there is a potentially bad batch of heroin on the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"Although any heroin use can be deadly, we have seen an increase in heroin overdoses in the last week resulting in at least six deaths," said Atlantic City Police in a Facebook post warning about the opioid.

Heroin bags stamped "King of Death" were to blame for at least two of the deadly overdoses, said police. [[411964995, C]]

In just six hours Wednesday night, "patrol officers along with medical personnel responded to six overdoses with two being fatal," said the Facebook post. "Four other individuals were revived after being administered Narcan."

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that New Jersey -- in the CDC's most recent overdose data released last summer -- saw a significant increase in heroin overdoses from 2014 to 2015 as nearly 1,500 people died from overdoses.

Police urged people to call 911 if they suspect someone is overdosing.

The also gave information on how the STEPS addiction treatment program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, could help people battling opioid addiction. [[238427591, C]]

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