MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP)- UPDATE: 2/26/18 6:30pm
The first overdose was on Friday morning and the last one was Saturday evening.
Police say the first one was a fatality.
Detectives say some of the others overdoses responded to Narcan.
This makes officers think the drug is a mixture of methamphetamine and opioids.
Detective Sgt. Ryan Huffman, of the Marietta Police Department, states "With people having a positive reaction to the use of Narcan, we believe that an opioid base, whether that be heroin, fentanyl, something to that effect is being mixed in with the methamphetamine. So there is what we describe as a 'hot batch' or something along that affect that has come into the mid-Ohio valley and being distributed."
Detectives are trying to track down where the source of this deadly strain.
The Marietta Police Department says a mixture of drugs could be to blame for several overdoses in the last 24 hours.
On Friday and Saturday, officers in the department have responded to 4 overdoses, one of them was fatal.
Police believe a strong illegal drug has hit the streets again.
Sargent Errol Kramer, a Marietta police officer, states “So we are assuming there is a new mixture of drugs coming into town, or maybe a higher drug content coming in to town. Just be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If they believe they see a drug deal going down or someone in possession of a substance that appears to be drug like definitely call the police department and let us know so we can look into it. “
Officers are not positive on what the substance is but feel it's stronger than what many are use to.