Heroin overdoses send at least 7 to Camden hospital

Posted: March 13, 2014

A slew of heroin overdoses in South Jersey were reported Tuesday, with at least a dozen victims, a source familiar with the investigation said. No deaths were reported.

Eight victims were reported in Camden, according to the Camden County Police Department. Other victims were found in Berlin and Stratford, officials said. They were taken to Cooper University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, and Virtua Hospital for treatment, said Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson.

In Camden, a peak in calls reporting overdose victims came about 3 p.m.

Wendy Marano, a Cooper spokeswoman, said Tuesday night that seven victims were receiving treatment at the hospital.

It was unclear what, if anything, made the batch of heroin so potent. Stamps labeled the drug "Magic."

Police said any bags recovered with enough residue to conduct tests would be sent to a lab.

Thomson said heroin sold in Philadelphia and Camden is extremely pure, adding that recent analyses placed the level of purity at 92 percent.

Officials would not identify the Camden neighborhoods where the victims were reported, fearing potential buyers would frequent those areas.

The Camden County department asked anyone with information to contact its anonymous tip line at 856-757-7042.


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