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West Virginia emergency workers respond to 26 heroin overdoses in 4 hours

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Emergency responders in West Virginia responded to an unprecedented number of heroin overdoses this week.

According to officials in Huntington, there were 26 overdoses in the span of about four hours Monday. The first call came around 3:30 p.m. and involved five people who’d overdosed in the same home, reports WSAZ.

“We had a half-hour span where we had absolutely no trucks to send in the county,” Cabell County EMS assistant supervisor David McClure said.

Police said a bad batch of heroin hit the streets Monday that was laced with something dangerous. They were still trying to identify the unknown substance.

Officials said none of the overdoses proved fatal although one person was on a ventilator at an area hospital. Eight people were revived with the drug naloxone.

Nine people were cited for use of an intoxicating substance or possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.