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Ambulance Service Sees Spike In Drug Overdose Calls

WAYNESBURG (KDKA) -- An ambulance service in Greene County says it's seen a 40 percent increase in overdose cases in the first two months of this year, compared to last year.

"It's really alarming," said EMS Southwest Operations Director Rob Bowman. He says they now get three overdoses or more each week. It's unclear how many are fatal.

People gathered at West Greene High School to hear from a woman whose son died of a heroin overdose at the end of January. Nancy Horr, of Rogersville, came home to find her 21-year-old son Christopher dead.

"He had just fallen over on his bed," she said.

She said her son had been drug-free for months, but slipped back.

"I spend a lot of days screaming at him because I'm mad," said Horr, who tried to get her son help. "I don't blame myself. I don't blame anybody."

She hopes to warn other parents and educate people about the heroin problem.

An undercover Pennsylvania State Police Trooper says that most heroin in our area comes from New York and that it can be more deadly than in years past because it's much purer.

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