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  • Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio fatal drug overdoses increase;
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As opiate deaths continue to climb in Ohio, yet another deadly drug combination is making its rounds.

The “speedball,” a combination of heroin and cocaine, led to actor John Belushi’s death in the 1980’s. And the Ohio Health Department’s Dr. Mark Hurst says there’s a similar combination that’s responsible for the recent rash of opioid deaths in Ohio now. But this one involves something more potent that heroin.

“The potency of fentanyl is 50 times that of heroin and so it’s even more lethal in a dose than heroin would be.”

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Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson says the mixing of deadly synthetic heroin with cocaine is spreading the opioid crisis to the African American community. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on Gilson’s testimony in Washington today.

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Editors note, Thursday, November 3, 2016: Jerry J. Davis, Jr. 35, of New Franklin has been charged in federal court with possession with intent to distribute drugs.   

Police in Akron believe they have captured one of the city’s major drug dealers.

In a press conference Wednesday, Chief James Nice said that the 11.2 kilos of cocaine, enough for 20,000 doses, was seized in a traffic stop Tuesday.

It's a near record bust for the city.