Police officers in Cincinnati, Ohio responded to more than 10 heroin overdose calls within a few hours Tuesday night.
The sudden spike prompted them to post the following message on Twitter:
— Cincinnati Police (@CincinnatiPD) August 24, 2016
They weren't the only ones. An Indiana state trooper posted about an uptick in fentanyl-related heroin overdoses in Jennings County, Indiana, earlier in the day. Less than a week ago, CNN reported 27 heroin overdoses within 4 hours in a West Virginia town.
The Tri-State — Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky — has an opioid epidemic that is well-documented, and the recent emergence of heroin strains laced with surgical anesthetics and animal tranquilizers has backed both law enforcement officers and health officials into a tight corner.
'Game of Thrones' blend causes overdoses
Last week, New England officials dealt with at least 10 overdoses in Vermont and New Hampshire, which were traced back to a blend of heroin called "Game of Thrones."
The blend was described by police as potentially a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. It is extremely powerful and dangerous, according to health officials in the area.
Dealers labeling street drugs with various names as a form of branding is typical, according to police.