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External News: State Police warn public about new lethal drug in WNY

By: Aidan Joly

Posted Feb 10 2023 @ 09:38PM EST // Updated Feb 11 2023 @ 12:42 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police are warning the public about a new lethal strand of drug that is being distributed across Western New York.

Many times, other drugs are mixed with fentanyl, which can make it deadly.

Since January 27, there have been 94 overdoses, including six deaths in six different counties, including the Southern Tier.

On News 4 at 4, Dr. Joshua Lynch, the Chief Medical Officer of The Matters Network and a professor at University at Buffalo, came on to discuss the issue.

You can watch the full segment above. To call the 24-hour virtual treatment hotline at 716-463-6222.