Tainted Cocaine Causes 5 Overdose Deaths in New York
The tainted cocaine drug overdoses that took the lives of 5 people this past week in New York began on Friday, September 20th, killing a 38-year-old man after he ingested the laced cocaine. The next day (Saturday) the death toll continued and took the life of a 40-year-old man also suspected to have used the same tainted cocaine. This past Tuesday the Yonkers police announced that there were three other overdose deaths which are likely to be connected to this same batch of tainted cocaine.
Five Dead from Laced Cocaine in New York
The national and local news organizations report that the Yonkers Detective. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos noticed a connection and decided to make a public announcement about the string of deaths possibly related to the same batch of cocaine. Public officials have not yet determined whether the cocaine was laced with Fentanyl or other deadly drugs or poisonous chemicals. The number of accidental overdoses related to Fentanyl laced drugs has continued to increase throughout the country and in New York and is likely to part of the focus during the investigation.
Politopoulos told press agents on Tuesday that because the deaths have similar circumstances, and that the lives lost may have all ingested tainted or laced cocaine, the public needs to be warned. “Right now, we suspect that there may be up to five deaths related to this batch of cocaine so we want the public to know not to ingest these illicit street drugs because the consequences may be fatal,” Politopoulos said.
There is still an ongoing investigation as to where the cocaine was purchased, and no arrests have been made as of yet. A local Yonkers news organization, The Daily Voice attained more commentary from Politopoulos who said:
The Yonkers Police Major Case Squad and Narcotics Unit, in collaboration with the NYPD and local law enforcement resources, are actively investigating these deaths and working to identify and apprehend the people responsible for distributing this apparent deadly substance and community members are advised never to ingest unknown or un-prescribed controlled substances, especially illegal street drugs – because the results can be fatal.
The Medical examiner’s office in New York is screening for all possible drugs and is awaiting toxicology reports to determine what may have been in the tainted cocaine. Most people’s opinions about the tainted cocaine believe it was probably Fentanyl laced. The illegal Fentanyl drug manufacturing and distribution have made an impact not only on opiate drug users but most other illegal drug-using cultures.
New York Drug Overdose Epidemic
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, reports that the 2017 addiction rate in the United States was more than two times the amount it was in 1999. The rate at which people are dying from an accidental overdose because of the presence of illegal Fentanyl on the streets and laced in illegal drugs is also increasing the numbers of deaths.
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl… This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences, including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses…drug overdose deaths involving any opioid―prescription opioids (including methadone), synthetic opioids, and heroin―rose from 18,515 deaths in 2007 to 47,600 deaths in 2017. (NIDA)
The rate at which people are dying from overdose is not likely to improve. Officials in the state of New York are warning the public to take precautions and avoid buying illegal drugs that could be laced with Fentanyl or other toxic drugs. This past weekends death toll is a reminder that the drug addiction crisis requires more attention to help people get substance abuse treatment before they ingest a deadly last dose trying to get high.
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