Recent drug overdoses have local officials concerned

MIDDLEBURG – Following recent drug overdoses in the region, some local officials are investigating whether there is a bad batch of heroin that is causing the problems. Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch says they are looking into that as a possibility.


Piecuch said, “Well, I can’t speak to the specifics of any of the current cases, but it’s surprising that doesn’t happen more often, given the lack of any sort of quality control when it comes to illegal drugs. Any consumption of illegal drugs puts everyone at risk, even if it’s not a ‘bad batch’. There is nothing good that can happen from it.”


Piecuch tried to explain why people would still use the drugs, knowing they could be deadly. He said, “On some level, I think they know it every time they use, but for some people they don’t care. For other people the addiction is too strong. They have just overcome that fear of that risk.”


Reports indicate it could be five or more recent deaths, but Piecuch said he could not provide an exact number. The investigation continues following the death of 33-year-old Craig Landis of Selinsgrove, who was found in the backyard of a home on South Front Street in Sunbury. It’s not yet known how Landis died. (Ali Stevens)




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