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Flint Police still waiting on toxicology reports to determine if lethal heroin mix was a factor in 4 deaths

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(02/04/14) - Flint Police now say four people, who investigators believe overdosed on heroin, died within just days of each other last week.

They're are still trying to determine if the drug was cut with the powerful prescription narcotic fentanyl.

Flint Police released some information Monday, Feb. 3, calling the lethal combo a public health concern.

Online reports show there's been an increase in overdoses, along the East Coast, linked to fentanyl-laced heroin.     

Flint Police are still trying to determine if the four deaths last week can be too.

"We have a strong feeling it's going to be fentanyl, but we can't confirm that until we get the toxicology reports," said Flint Police Captain Collin Birnie.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Birnie ran down the details Tuesday, Feb. 4, saying those four people died within four days of each other last week - that's from Thursday to Sunday.

All were dead when found.

Birnie says the first two people died together and then there were two, single deaths in the days that followed.

Police say heroin is dangerous enough because you have no way of knowing how many times the drug has been mixed with other substances, which Birnie says dealers do to jack the profit up.

Flint Area Narcotics Group Section Commander MSP Lt. Pat Richard says his officers investigate illegal drugs like heroin daily, they rely on lab results on the actual drug to determine what's in it and have not seen this mix recently.  

"We think if everybody knows, maybe they'll be a little more aware and obviously we're going to do what we can to ensure no drugs are sold in the city. That's what our commitment is," Tolbert said.

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