Fentanyl Contaminated Heroin Alerts

Someone is manufacturing Fentanyl, a very powerful opioid chemical, and selling it as heroin. Over 100 times as powerful as morphine, a dose of Fentanyl can kill you. Hundreds have died already, since last summer.

The Fentanyl-contaminated heroin is believed to be the cause of dozens of deaths this past month in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Long Island.

Drugs collected at scenes of overdose deaths are labeled in different ways. There are reports of wax folds stamped “bud Light”, “Theraflu”, “24K”, “Bud Ice”, “Tax Time”, “ObamaCare”, and others. Changing a label is as easy as rubber-stamping a wax fold. You should not expect to recognize the poisonous heroin by the label.

Investigators working on 22 deaths in Pennsylvania and 5 in Nassau County suspect a deadly mix previously known as “China White” may be the cause. Investigators know that the manufacture and distribution is intentional. Fentanyl is not distributed as a powder legally. Someone is purposefully and illegally manufacturing and distributing the deadly combination.

If you are addicted to heroin and cannot stop yourself from taking life-threatening risks associated with street heroin, especially in times of tainted or poisoned batches like those circulated widely right now, please call for help.

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Alert from long Island about Fentanyl-contaminated heroin killing people.

Alert from long Island about Fentanyl-contaminated heroin killing people.

From Nassau County on Long Island:

OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER
COUNTY OF NASSAU
CONTAMINATED HEROIN ALERT

The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating several deaths initially assumed to be linked to the abuse of heroin, but in fact were found to have involved the potent narcotic fentanyl. Evidence associated with two of these cases has been analyzed by the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory and has been determined to contain fentanyl in combination with the banned antipyretic metamizole. Specifically these glassine packets are stamped as “24K” in red ink.

Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic analgesic of extremely high potency. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, the active ingredient of heroin. Clinically fentanyl is used for the treatment of severe pain or for the induction of anesthesia. Severe respiratory depression may occur with the use of fentanyl. Metamizole is an analgesic and antipyretic that is similar in use to ibuprofen. Metamizole has been banned for use in the US since 1977 due to the potential for the development of agranulocytosis.

The Nassau County Medical Examiner is reporting that glassine packets marked as “24K” that is presumably being distributed as heroin, in fact contains the extremely potent narcotic analgesic fentanyl. The Nassau County Medical Examiner is disseminating this information for situational awareness purposes only.

Laced Heroin on Long Island: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/laced-heroin-linked-to-5-overdose-deaths-in-nassau-1.6920119

Four arrested bringing heroin from Newark to Ocean County http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/01/four_arrested_in_plot_to_traffick_drugs_from_newark_to_ocean_county.html#incart_river

Fentanyl-laced heroin kills in PA http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/30/justice/pennsylvania-heroin-deaths/ and http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/health/pennsylvania-drug-deaths/index.html

Maryland deaths from Fentanyl-laced heroin http://www.afro.com/sections/news/baltimore/story.htm?storyid=81334

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