Updated Tuesday, August 16, at 1:05 p.m. to include additional information about overdoses in Barre City.
A potentially deadly strain of heroin is being dealt in central Vermont, the Northeast Kingdom and other parts of the state, according to state health officials.
The Vermont Department of Health issued a warning Monday morning after emergency responders reported at least 10 overdoses over the weekend that required more than one dose of Narcan to revive the person. The news release notes that some of those incidents have been linked to a strain of heroin labeled "Game of Thrones," which may be laced with fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin.
"That’s highly unusual. It means there's some really bad stuff on the street," Bombardier said. His department is still investigating where the heroin that caused the overdoses came from.
He noted that police have seen "no consistency with regards to packaging," and they haven't seen the "Game of Thrones" label that the health department warned about. Some of the heroin recovered in Barre City depicted a handgun and was labeled "Training Day."