New Orleans doctors are reporting the highest numbers of heroin overdose calls-in years with an alarming uptick this month, WWL-TV reports.

Dr. Peter DeBlieux, Chief Medical Officer of University Medical Center New Orleans and LSU Health Sciences Center clinical medicine professor, said since January first five New Orleans deaths were linked to opiates, according to WWL-TV.

On Thursday and Friday, 15 people were taken to the UMC emergency room for heroin overdose, DeBlieux said.

Though DeBlieux said heroin patients are of all ages, genders and races, overdoses are mostly concentrated in the Claiborne-Elysian Fields, Mid-City, downtown and New Orleans East neighborhoods.

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