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String of heroin overdoses reported in La Crosse area

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La Crosse County has sent out an alert, warning of several local overdoses apparently resulting from a potent batch of heroin. 

Medical examiner Tim Candahl said at least six overdoses have been reported in La Crosse County since Wednesday, with similar reports from neighboring counties. 

No deaths reportedly have resulted from the drug use yet. 

Candahl added that the substance mixed with heroin has not been identified, but he suspects that it may be fentanyl.

The examiner says people who have been using heroin should keep Narcan available, to stop an overdose.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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