Tainted heroin suspected of killing 7 in New York state in one day

Officials are warning heroin users to throw out the drug.

The county executive of Erie County, New York, and local health officials warned at a news conference that the unusually high number of apparent overdoses in a period of just over 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday may be tied to an illicit substance.

The county health department is urging heroin users to throw out any of the drug they have in case it is tainted with fentanyl or another substance that could make it deadly.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said he will consider murder charges against anyone caught dealing a tainted drug that resulted in a death.

"If I can prove it, I will charge a drug dealer with murder," Erie county attorney John Flynn said at the press conference.

Poloncarz and other officials urged that anyone dealing with opioid addiction reach out for help by calling a drug hotlines to get help. They also pointed out that anyone can purchase Narcan, which is sold over the counter.

"Opioid/heroin addicts and their families should be aware that help is available. Narcan is available over the counter and you can call our 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline at 716-831-7007 to get help," Poloncarz wrote on Facebook.