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Seven confirmed overdose deaths in Tonawanda, Buffalo in one day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There were seven confirmed overdose deaths in the Town of Tonawanda and the City of Buffalo areas on Monday, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office suspects that the deaths are linked to a “particularly lethal form of fentanyl.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz first posted the news on X, formerly known as Twitter, just after 3:40 p.m. Monday, citing the Erie County Department of Health as his source. He said Narcan may not be enough to save a life as deaths could be “instantaneous.”

Poloncarz said that more information is forthcoming from the ECDOH.

Christopher Horvatits, a public information officer for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the deaths with a similar post on Monday afternoon.

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Kayleigh Hunter-Gasperini joined the News 4 team in 2024 as a Digital Video Producer. She is a graduate of Chatham University.

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