Overdose cases continue in downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The overdoses in downtown aren’t stopping or slowing down.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Fire Department responded to more than 40 calls related to synthetic opioid overdoses, bringing the total number of calls since Monday to over 100.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said they have ambulances circling the area near Locust and 14th, just waiting for another call.

"We have about a five-square block area and you can see the fire truck and ambulances moving around the perimeter and also coming into the middle to find anyone who might be down and hasn’t been seen yet. We don’t want anyone laying in an alley or corner that hasn’t been attended to," Jenkerson said.

The drug is being sold as potpourri or herbs laced with a chemical.

Some people on the streets said it is called "tunechi", but others call it "Scooby snacks" or "annihilation."

Right now, the police have of idea of places it is being sold but are not saying specifically where.