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Woman overdoses on Gray Death, a new heroin-like drug

Posted at 11:20 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 19:23:35-04

GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Two people were arrested in March in connection with an overdose of Gray Death, a mix of powerful mix of opiates and heroin. 

Officer Brandon Sanspree of the Greenwood Police Department was called to an apartment in the 800 block of Kings Mill Road on March 18 on a report of a woman unconscious. Sanspree found a woman, later identified as Hanna Richard, in an apartment. Paramedics then arrived on the scene and administered Narcan to Richard.

After she was revived, Richard told the medics she and another man, Brandon Deblaso, had just used heroin together. A child was in a highchair in the same room where Richard was found. The child was placed in the care of her grandmother.

Deblaso and Richard were both arrested and preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

Gray Death got its name because it resembles cement and is potentially deadly.

Police in Ohio said they have been watching out for more cases of Gray Death. It has been showing up in the southern part of the United States. 

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"They're having problems down in Georgia with Gray Death because, even though right now it's down in Georgia, it will eventually work its way around the country,” Lorain County, Ohio Detective Jim Larkin said.