DEA taking text tips on Heroin Overdoses
(AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has begun a texting tip line
so people can anonymously provide information on heroin and fentanyl overdoses
that have killed at least 22 drug users in southwestern Pennsylvania.
found at the scenes of at least some of 22 suspected overdose deaths also
contained fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute up to 100 times more
powerful than morphine.
state and local law enforcement officials are trying to stop the deaths and
hope to prosecute whoever's been supplying the drugs.
can send information to the DEA by texting it to "Tip411" (847411).
Investigators want tipsters to include the keyword "PGHOD" — short
for Pittsburgh overdoses — in the message.
deadly mixture has been found in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence
and Westmoreland counties.