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DEA chemists solved mystery of drug causing mass overdoses


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A deadly mystery drug sickened hundreds of people in the summer of 2016, ripping a destructive path down Interstate 71 from Cincinnati to Louisville.

Many collapsed, struggling to breathe. Doctors sprinted outside emergency rooms to cars, yanking out those left motionless and blue. They had mere minutes to prevent brain damage or death.

"It was almost like you get a forecast that a hurricane is coming on the East Coast," said Tom Synan, police chief in Newtown, Ohio, about 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati. "You start prepping, but you can't know how bad it's g...

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