The coroner in Fayette County says there could be a bad batch of heroin in the area after three confirmed overdose deaths from the drug since Jan. 1.
Coroner Gary Ginn told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he is awaiting toxicology tests in eight deaths in which heroin is a suspected cause. He said he now considers heroin a potential cause anytime there's an overdose death in the city.
Law enforcement officers across the state have seen a dramatic rise in heroin cases in recent years.
Kentucky State Police submitted 451 suspected heroin samples to its lab in 2010. By 2011, that number increased to 749. Through September 2012, state police had submitted 1,074 cases to the lab.